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Solomon Fire

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Unit Information

24 Fort Missoula Road 
24 Fort Missoula Road 

Incident Contacts

Missoula Ranger District
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: 9:00 am -3:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

Updated Closure Information: Area and trail closures have been lifted for the Solomon Fire on the Missoula Ranger District. There are no closures as of  October 3, 2022.
Closures - 2022-10-03

The Solomon Fire was reported on Aug 24, 2022, and is burning southeast of Missoula, MT in the Welcome Creek Wilderness on the Missoula Ranger District. It is located approximately 6 miles south of Interstate 90/Rock Creek Exit #126, near Solomon Mountain in upper Solomon Creek, approximately 2 miles southwest of the Spring Creek Trailhead (Rock Creek recreation corridor).

The fire is burning in a steep, thickly timbered bowl with snags, or hazard trees, making up about half of the standing fuel and is surrounded to the south, east, and west by the 2007 Sawmill Fire burned area.

The terrain, fuel type, and the presence of snag trees, limit the ability to place firefighters directly on the fire. Firefighter safety is a top priority when assessing engagement on this fire.

The Solomon Fire is being managed under a point protection strategy which means that highly valued resources (such as buildings, infrastructure, or recreational assets) are being strategically protected from the fire, utilizing various natural and geographic features (past wildfires, trails, rock, and cliff bands) while protecting other values consistent with the Welcome Creek Wilderness. Air support, such as helicopters, may be used to slow and limit potential fire spread. Firefighters are patrolling and monitoring the fire via air and from vantage points on the ground and utilizing fuel moisture measurements, field weather observations, and fire models to inform the suppression strategy.

 Closure Information: All closures have been lifted. 


Basic Information
Current as of Tue, 09/13/2022 - 11:12
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin
Location Welcome Creek Wilderness, Missoula Ranger District
Incident Commander Type 4 Incident Command
Incident Description Wildfire
Coordinates 46° 37' 57'' Latitude
-113° 41'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 10
Size 434 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 0%
Fuels Involved

Burning in heavy timber, dead and downed timber, and snag trees (overhead hazards).

Planned Actions

Helicopters are being used, as needed, to check fire spread. Firefighters are actively patrolling the Rock Creek corridor and remaining vigilant of changing conditions.

Firefighters are monitoring the fire via air and from vantage points on the ground.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire activity and smoke production is expected to increase in the afternoons during warm, dry, and breezy conditions. Smoke may be visible from Rock Creek and parts of the Bitterroot Valley.

Current Weather
Weather Concerns

Cool weather and higher humidity is anticipated through the rest of this week (9/13-9/18) which should help moderate fire behavior.