Nimrod Fire Afternoon Fire Update 8.16.13
Incident: Nimrod Fire Wildfire
August 16, 2013 3:00 PM
Contact: Fire Information Officer: Cindy Super
Phone: 406-542-4321 (office AND mobile number)
What: Wildland Fire
Location: East of Missoula, between Beavertail and Bearmouth Area, Granite County
Started: Thursday August 15, 2013 around 6:00 p.m.
Current Size: Approximately 350 acres
Cause: Unknown and under investigation
Protection Agency: Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) Southwestern Land Office, Missoula Unit
Narrative: The fire was first reported Thursday August 15th at 6:00 p.m. and is located east of Missoula, between Beavertail and Bearmouth area, and north of Interstate 90 near mile marker 134. The fire is named Nimrod Fire, approximately 350 acres and the cause of the fire is under investigation. The fire is burning in open ponderosa pine and grass. Winds continue to push the fire slightly to the east. Winds are a major concern for the rest of the afternoon. Retardant tankers and helicopters are currently working the fire.
Resources on Fire: Currently the Deer Lodge Fire Crew, Blackfeet Type 2 Crew, and the Idaho Panhandle Hotshots are on the fire. Air resources and equipment include: 2 medium helicopters; 1 heavy helicopter; 1 single engine air tanker, air attack, 1 type 2 skidgen, and 1 type 2 dozer. The Western Montana Incident Management Type 2 Team will assume command of the fire at 6:00am Saturday, August 16, 2013.
Special Concerns: SAFETY of firefighters and the public is the primary concern. Local area residents and travelers on Interstate 90 are asked to not park along the road for traffic safety and to reduce the chances of starting a fire. Pulling off the road to watch the fire could ignite tinder-dry grasses under your vehicle.
Prevention Message: Gusty winds and low humidity will put a red flag warning into effect from 12:00-6:00pm today. This red flag warning means high fire danger with increased probability of a quickly spreading vegetation fire in the area. The public is reminded to be extremely cautious with all sources of ignition: equipment, lawn mowers, chains dragging, campfires and cigarettes. Be sure campfires are never left unattended and are out completely and cool to the touch before leaving. It only takes one spark.
Very High Fire Danger persists in Granite and Missoula County and much of the West Central Area of Montana. Stage I Fire Restrictions, which limits campfires and smoking outdoors, are in effect over much of West Central Montana; visit www.firerestrictions.us to find out where campfires are allowed and where they are restricted.