Multiple fires were reported up in the York area along Nelson Road at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. These fires are being managed as part of the Sweats Complex. The cause of these fires is under investigation. Fire crews continue to actively suppress all of the fires within the Sweats Complex; smoke will be visible over the next several days as suppression efforts continue.
|Cause||Human-caused, Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Wednesday May 15th, 2013 approx. 10:30 AM|
|Location||York, MT, 20 miles NE of Helena, MT|
Timber (grass understory) ponderosa pine, grass
Fires within the complex received some rain last night, which has further aided firefighters in mop-up efforts. The entire Complex is 95% contained. Resource specialists from the Helena National Forest will analyze and develop a rehabilitation strategy for the resources within the burned areas.
A majority of the resources will be released from the fire today; the Helena Hotshots and local resources will remain on-scene for mop-up activities this weekend.
UPDATE: Nelson Road will reopened to the public beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18th. Firefighters, engines and equipment will remain in the area, so people need to be aware, cautious and drive carefully along the road.