Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:35:58 PM MST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Solomon Fire
Last Updated
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:15 AM MDT
(1 month ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, August 24, 2022 9:55 PM MDT
(3 months ago)
Incident Type
20.2 miles SE of Missoula, MT
Responsible Agency
US Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Lolo National Forest
County: granite, dpa: federal - lolo nf | Contain: 10/25/22 0952 | Control: 10/25/22 0952 | Out: 10/25/22 0952
Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

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.

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Wednesday August 24th, 2022 approx. 08:45 PM
Welcome Creek Wilderness, Missoula Ranger District
Incident Commander
Type 4 Incident Command
Incident Description
46.633, -113.691
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
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.
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.
Incident Contact
Missoula Ranger District
Email: SM.FS.r1_lolo_www@usda.gov
Phone: 406-329-3814
Hours: 9:00 am -3:30 pm
Fire Unit Information
Lolo National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
24 Fort Missoula Road
Missoula, MT 59804
Dispatch Contact
Missoula Interagency Dispatch Center | Missoula, MT
Phone: 406-829-7070
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtmdc/index.htm
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