Firefighters responding to fire in Gates of the Mountains Wilderness

Nolan Lister

The U.S. Forest Service and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation responded Saturday afternoon to a fire in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness.

As of 6:50 p.m., the Moors Mountain fire was reported to be at 115 acres and was in heavy timber, according to Forest officials said about 6:40 p.m. that smokejumpers were responding. They also said a long-term strategy for fighting the blaze will be developed Sunday morning. The cause of the fire was not listed.

The Moors Mountain fire is seen from Carroll College Saturday. USFS and Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation responded. 

Photo courtesy USFS

York Volunteer Fire Department was initially dispatched around 3:50 p.m. after multiple callers reported seeing a plume of smoke around the Hunters Gulch trailhead near Nelson, southeast of the blaze.

Dispatch then advised at 3:58 p.m. that a DNRC air attack was en route. 

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