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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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Incident Contacts

Bacon Rind Fire Information
Phone: 406-646-0036
Hours: 8 am-8pm

Yellowstone NP Fire Information (Recording)
Phone: 307-344-7102

Bacon Rind Fire Infrared map 8 19-18Image options: [ Full Size ]

Bacon Rind Fire has experienced continued slow to moderate growth over the last week. The current size of the fire is 892 acres in the Monument Mountain unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness on the Custer Gallatin National Forest and 1,153 acres in Yellowstone National Park for a total fire perimeter of 2,045 acres. The lightening caused fire was first reported on July 20, 2018.

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 CommanderKyle Inabnit, Brad Bergman(t)
Coordinates44.968 latitude, -111.102 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel69
Size2,045 Acres
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

Fire has been spreading to the south by group torching, short crown runs, and short-range spotting. The fire has spotted across Bacon Rind Creek towards the 2003 Rathbone Fire scar. The fire is continually flanking and backing towards Hwy 191.

There were no delays on Highway 191 yesterday. The speed limit along Hwy 191 in the fire area has been lowered to 45mph.


Planned Actions

Continue to mitigate fire behavior and smoke impacts to Hwy 191 with available resources. Suppress all spot fires that cross the Gallatin River and Hwy 191.

Projected Incident Activity

Assess fuel condition and fire behavior, along with monitoring smoke on Hwy 19. Potential temporary road closures and/or possible lane closures are likely.


Due to firefighting activities and smoke impacts, travelers on Hwy 191 may expect intermittent delays. The fire remains on the west side of Hwy 191.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Monday has a 30% chance of thunderstorms and scattered showers over the fire area. Erratic wind gusts possible near storms. Tuesday partly sunny with reduced chance of thunderstorms and scattered showers to 10%