Evening Update August 16, 2013 9:00pm
Incident: Nimrod Fire Wildfire
Contact: Fire Information Officer: Cindy Super
Phone: 406-542-4321 (office AND mobile number)
What: Wildland Fire
Location: East of Missoula, near Clinton and Bearmouth Area, north of Interstate 90
Started: August 15, 2013 around 6:00 pm
Current Size: Approximately 600 acres
Protection Agency: Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation (DNRC) Southwestern Land Office, Missoula Unit
Narrative: Strong winds, high temperatures, and low relative humidity resulted in the Nimrod Fire nearly doubling in size today. Firefighters worked hard and finally caught a break from the weather around 5pm when the winds shifted slightly, slowing the fire’s progress. A Type 2 Incident Management Team was briefed on the fire today and will take over management of the fire at 6am tomorrow.
Resources on Fire: Several engines from Missoula Rural Fire Department, Montana DNRC Southwestern Land Office (SWLO), Clinton Fire Department, Valley Fire Department and US Forest Service. Three crews are on the fire, including one hotshot crew and two Type 2 crews. A bulldozer, a skidgine, and a skidsteer make up the heavy equipment. Air resources include: 2 DNRC medium helicopters; 1 contracted heavy helicopter; multiple retardant aircraft, and air attack. Additional assistance was provided by another DNRC medium helicopter.
Special Concerns: SAFETY of firefighters and the public is a primary concern. Local area residents and travelers on Interstate 90 are asked to not park along the road for 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: The public is reminded to be extremely cautious with all sources of ignition: equipment, lawn mowers, chains dragging, campfires, cigarettes, etc. Be sure campfires are never left unattended and are out completely and cool to the touch before leaving.
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.
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