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Nelson Creek

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Bitterroot National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1801 North 1st Hamilton Montana 59840
Hamilton, MT 59840

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Firefighters are working to contain a wildland fire burning on the West Fork Ranger District near Nelson Creek Trailhead. The fire is currently 280 acres in size and 60% contained. It was discovered on Monday, August 28 by the Bare Cone Lookout. The cause is lightning. Due to the increase in containment and success of fire crews in keeping the fire from moving closer to homes and property, the fire is transitioning to a smaller Type 4 organization today. Containment will remain at 60% until significant moisture is received. The evacuation warning on Nez Perce Road has been rescinded by the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday August 28th, 2017 approx. 02:45 PM
Location3 miles west of the West Fork Ranger District
Incident CommanderJacob Rough
Coordinates45.816 latitude, -114.32 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel26
Size280 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained60%
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber especially in Nelson Creek area.

Significant Events

The Evacuation warnings on Nez Perce Road due to the Nelson Creek Fire have been rescinded by the Ravalli County Sheriff's Office. There are no Warnings or Orders currently in effect due to Nelson Fire.


Planned Actions

Hold and improve dozer and handline. Utilize air resources including helicopters to assist with bucket work to control fire spread to the northeast of Nelson Creek. Utilize the hose lay along Nelson Creek to keep the fire southwest of Nelson Creek.


Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly cloudy, areas of smoke. Chance of rain, showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the Valleys between 85-90, 70-80 ridges. Humidity 20-30%. 20% chance of wetting rains.

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