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Idaho company to maintain Mann Gulch Trail

by Idaho company wins contract to maintain Mann Gulch Trail |

WHITEBIRD -- An Idaho company has won a contract worth some $38,000 to rebuild a trail in Montana that's associated with one of the worst U.S. Forest Service firefighting tragedies in that agency's history.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said today that Clearway Services of Whitebird won the contract for the Mann Gulch trail reconstruction and maintenance project.

Located on the edge of the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Area, the trail is near the site where 13 smokejumpers died in 1949 after they were overrun by the deadly Mann Gulch fire.

The trail is located 15 miles north of Helena, Montana, and can be accessed by boat on upper Holter Lake, a reservoir on the Missouri River.