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Solomon Fire

Unit Information

Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804

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Incident Contact

Missoula Ranger District
Email: SM.FS.r1_lolo_www@usda.gov
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: 9:00 am -3:30 pm

Highlighted Activity

09/19/2022 Solomon Fire Update - Sept. 19, 2022
Fire Update: Solomon Fire, Welcome Creek Wilderness - Sept. 19, 2022Recent precipitation and cool weather has minimized fire behavior and the fire is now being managed under a Type 5 Incident Command.
News - 09/19/2022
Solomon Fire Perimeter 9/5/22Image options: [ Full Size ]

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.

Updated Closure Information: Due to increased fire activity, the following trails are closed for public safety (please reference the closure map):

  •  Solomon Ridge Trail #142, from milepost 0.0 at Solomon Ridge Trailhead to milepost 4.2 at its junction with Trail #232
  • Welcome-Sawmill Saddle Trail #232, from milepost 0.0 at its junction with Trail #142 to milepost 5.4.
  • Sawmill Ridge Trail #178, from milepost 0.0 at Sawmill Fishing Access to milepost 6.4 at its junction with Trail #232.
  • Welcome Mountain Trailhead.


Updated (9/19) Locations of Fire Information Boards:

Rock Creek Fisherman’s Mercantile  
The Clinton Market 
Rock Creek Trout Bums
 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 24th, 2022 approx. 08:45 PM
LocationWelcome Creek Wilderness, Missoula Ranger District
Incident CommanderType 4 Incident Command
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates46.633 latitude, -113.691 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel10
Size434 Acres
Fuels Involved

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

Outlook

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.