What: Wildland Fire
Location: 15 miles west of Darby, MT. - Bitterroot National Forest
Jurisdiction: Nez Perce & Bitterroot National Forests
Current size: 2,838 acres (279 acres on Bitterroot NF)
Summary: The Moe Fire has not grown in the last week due to cooler weather along with shorter daylight hours which has resulted in lower fire behavior. Today's (10-16) wetting rains are also helping keep any fire activity in check. The lightning-caused Fire began on the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho and burned onto the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. The fire began in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in very remote, rugged, and steep terrain.
The fire is located 10 miles west of Lake Como on the Darby Ranger District. It is burning in timber with some dead standing/beetle killed timber between Grizzly & Elk Lake. There are no threats to structures or property.
Closures: There are no closures at this time. The Rock Creek trail #580 into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is currently open.
Terrain: Extremely steep, remote, rocky terrain near the boundary of the Bitterroot and Nez Perce National Forests in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
Fire Behavior: Smoldering and creeping.
Today's Plan: Monitor the fire activity by lookout and air patrol.
Events: A series of weather systems will impact our region this week bringing wetting rains to the valley and snow to the mountains above 6,000 feet.
|Location||15 miles west of Darby, MT.|
Timber with some dead standing timber - beetle killed.
Old fire scars from previous burns will limit current fire growth.
Monitor the fire daily by lookout and air patrol.
Very remote and burning in steep, rocky & rugged terrain with some dead standing timber.
Rain showers and wetting rains are possible in the next week along with much cooler and fall-like temperatures which will decrease fire activity. Rock Creek Trail #580 which was closed on October 2nd, is now reopen to the public.