Size estimate for fire north of Helena reduced to 88 acres

Phil Drake

The size estimate for the Moors Mountain fire in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness north of Helena was reduced from 150 to 88 acres Tuesday, with U.S. Forest Service officials saying that better mapping led to the new estimate.

There are now 137 personnel assigned to the lightning-caused blaze that was reported about 3:45 p.m. Saturday around the Hunters Gulch trailhead near Nelson.

Officials said Tuesday that firefighters will be using natural features and handline to contain the perimeter in an effort to minimize impacts on the wilderness.

The Moors Mountain fire is burning in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness.

U.S. Forest Service

The forest service said quiet weather conditions are expected through Thursday with little to no precipitation. Afternoon temperatures will be warming, along with lowering afternoon humidity.

Officials said Monday night that a closure order is now in effect for the eastern half of Gates of the Mountains Wilderness. Fire traffic will be concentrated on Beaver Creek Road east of Nelson, so avoid this road if possible.

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