Nimrod Fire Morning Fire Facts
Incident: Nimrod Fire Wildfire
August 16, 2013 8:00 AM
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 300 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 6:00pm and is located east of Missoula, near Clinton and Bearmouth area, and north of Interstate 90 near mile marker 134. The fire is named Nimrod Fire, approximately 300 acres and the cause of the fire is unknown. The fire continued to burn through the evening. A 20 person hand crew from Deer Lodge and other firefighters worked through the night to try and put in containment lines.
Resources on Fire: Currently firefighters and engines from Missoula Rural Fire Department, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Southwestern Land Office (DNRC), Clinton Fire Department, and US Forest Service are on the scene. Air resources include: 2 medium helicopters; 1 heavy helicopter; 1 single engine air tanker and air attack. Additional resources have been ordered including more aircraft support, a type 2 incident management team, multiple engines, and 1 dozer.
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: 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.