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Bacon Rind Fire

Unit Information

Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771

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Update: Cold and wet weather has reached the Bacon Rind fire. October 4th and 5th .80 inches of rain, followed by 1 in. of snow fell over the fire area. However, isolated smokes may remain visible in the interior of the fire perimeter.

Weather: The extended forecast calls for much cooler temperatures accompanied by rain and snow over the fire area. If warm dry weather returns to the fire area, isolated pockets of heat could up their smoke production but fire activity is expected to remain low. Local fire resources will continue to monitor conditions daily.

Planned Actions: On October 3rd local resources assumed command of the Bacon Rind fire and will continue to monitor the fire and weather conditions affecting fire behavior. October 5th will be the last operational period for crews assigned to the Bacon Rind Fire. Crews will spend the day working on rehabilitation projects and removing remaining signage. Electronic reader boards along Highway 191 will remain in place to let drivers know the fire is being managed and does not need to be reported.

Area closures issued on October 2nd, 2018 in Yellowstone National Park and Custer Gallatin National Forest remain in effect.

Highway 191 remains open

Access to the Gallatin River is now OPEN.

Yellowstone National Park Closure:

  • The Bacon Rind Trail and the Bacon Rind Trailhead.
    National Park land West of Highway 191 and adjoining to the Bacon Rind fire perimeter. (see closure map)

Custer Gallatin National Forest, Hebgen Lake Ranger District closure:

  • All Forest System Lands within the burned perimeter of the Bacon Rind Fire are closed to entry. (see closure map)

  • FS 176 Bacon Rind Trail

    Please see the "Updated Closure Map Oct. 2, 2018" under the "Maps" tab

The Bacon Rind Fire was detected Friday, July 20th around 8:00 p.m. It is burning within the Monument Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in the Custer Gallatin National Forest and within Yellowstone National Park. A type 3 Incident Management Team is managing the fire in cooperation with the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park.

Wildland fire is an essential, natural process that is crucial to the long-term health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Many plants and animals are dependent on fire for their survival. The Bacon Rind Fire is burning in an area that has not seen fire in the last 150 years, but still has a relatively light fuel load. There are numerous meadows and breaks in the forest, reducing the potential of strong fire behavior and spread. The Bacon Rind Fire has potential to clean out the dead and downed trees, and help restore a healthy ecosystem that will be conducive to new growth and create great habitat for wildlife, while reducing the potential for a future large fire.

For updates on the fire, click the "News" tab at the top of the page. Updates are also regularly posted to the Custer Gallatin National Forest Facebook page.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseNatural- Lightning
Date of OriginFriday July 20th, 2018 approx. 08:15 PM
LocationApproximately 20 miles south of Big Sky, MT and 23 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT.
Incident CommanderCuster Gallatin National Forest, Hebgen Lake Ranger District
Coordinates44.968 latitude, -111.102 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel2
Size5,232 Acres
Fuels Involved

Timber (litter and understory). Heavy dead and down mixed conifer.


Projected Incident Activity

Assess fuels condition and fire behavior, along with monitoring smoke on Hwy 191, and fire's progression towards values at risk.