MISSOULA – The area’s extreme fire danger and Stage II Fire Restrictions have prompted the City of Missoula to close the open space on Mount Sentinel.
The decision came after the Missoula Fire Department and the University of Montana requested that public lands on Mount Sentinel from 8 a.m. Monday, August 13th to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14th.
Missoula City Assistant Fire Chief Gordy Hughes says officials have instituted the closure in the interest of public safety during the Pearl Jam concert which is scheduled for August 13th inside Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
The closure includes all City and University-owned trails on Mount Sentinel, including the “M” Trail, trails from the Sentinel Fire Road and Pattee Canyon Drive as well as trails from the Kim Williams Natural Area.
UM officials say patrols will be in place and trespassers could be removed from the area and ticketed.