More resources added to fight Moors Mountain fire

Phil Drake

The Moors Mountain fire in the Gates of the Mountain Wilderness north of Helena remained at 150 acres early Monday, U.S. Forest officials said.

Officials said two hand crews and six aircraft are working to manage the blaze that has been burning since Saturday afternoon and more resources are expected Monday. In all, 56 people have been assigned. A Type III team assumed command early Monday.

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

U.S. Forest Service

Five smokejumpers responded Saturday and set up an anchor point, officials with the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest said. Also, a 20-person crew hiked into the fire on Sunday. The aircraft have been dropping retardant on the ridgeline.

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.

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