Moors Mountain fire in Gates of the Mountains grows to 150 acres

Phil Drake

The Moors Mountain fire in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness north of Helena grew to 150 acres overnight, U.S. Forest Service officials said Sunday.

The Forest Service said about 9:45 a.m. that a Type III team is en route and a long-term strategy is being developed to direct suppression on east and north flanks closest to private property. The fire was reported by multiple callers about 3:50 p.m. Saturday. 

Officials said Sunday the fire was caused by lightning and it was burning in heavy timber.

Forest officials asked people to avoid Refrigerator Canyon Trail in Gates of the Mountains Wilderness and said a closure order was forthcoming. Fire traffic will be concentrated on Beaver Creek Road east of Nelson, so avoid this area if possible, officials said.

Smokejumpers responded to the Moors Mountain fire Saturday in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness.

U.S. Forest Service

A Type III team, according to the National Park Service, oversees an extended initial attack on wildland fires. Resources may vary from several single resources to several task forces or strike teams. 

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