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Goldstone Fire

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725

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Goldstone Fire Closure Map 08/31/2018Image options: [ Full Size ]

This will be the final update for the Goldstone and Beaver Creek fires.

Goldstone Fire: Crews are continuing to take action on the fire where conditions are safe. Fire activity has reduced due to cooler temperatures and shorter days, however, smoke will continue to be visible in the Kenny Creek area and north of Reservoir Lake. This fire behavior will continue to be active until weather patterns change and significant season ending moisture arrives. Crews are currently working to conduct rehabilitation activities in key burned areas that will reduce erosion. Crews have removed fallen and hazardous trees along the Continental Divide Trail where it traverses through the southern portion of the fire, however, hikers are advised to be aware of their surroundings while hiking through the fire as fire weakened trees will continue to fall.

An objective on the Goldstone Fire is to implement strategies and tactics that minimize the risk and exposure to the firefighters. The steep, inaccessible terrain and dense timber with a component of dead and down material, brings falling snags, rolling material, and other extreme hazards to the firefighters. Due to the factors listed above, indirect and point protection suppression tactics present the best option for safe and successful containment and control at this time.

Area closures have been rescinded as of September 18, 2018. Visitors to the fire areas are advised that fire crews are still working in the area and may occasionally close roads for a short period of time while they are working to remove hazards.

Fire managers want visitors to be aware that the fire is still active and continues to burn. People are advised to be cautious while traveling along open routes as there are equipment and firefighters working in these areas.

Additional Information:

Fire Weather Forecast:

  • Idaho: After a cool start to the day today, expect a warm and dry day across the region. Winds should be light and terrain driven this afternoon. A few showers are expected later this week, but no wetting
    rains are expected, until potentially early next week.

  • Montana: After a cool start to the day, expect a warm and dry day across western Montana. A Canadian cold front will bring breezy easterly winds late this evening and early Wednesday, mainly to the Flathead NF. Some light easterly winds could make it as far south as the East Lolo NF. A weak mid-level circulation will bring increasing chances for light rain to the East Lolo, Bitterroot, and Beaverhead/Deerlodge NFs Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts of a tenth of an inch, up to one quarter inch of rainfall is possible,
    especially in the mountains of the Pintler’ s and the northern half of the Beaverhead/Deerlodge NF.

    Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 20 uncontained large fires in the nation. You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov. Further information on smoke can be found from the MT Department of Environmental Quality’s web page at http://bit.ly/wildfiresmokereport.

Preparedness Level: The nation is currently at a Planning Level Four (PL3). PL3 indicates mobilization of resources nationally is required to sustain incident management operations in active Geographic Areas (GA's). The Northern Rockies Geographic Area (MT, Northern ID, and North Dakota) and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest are currently at a Preparedness Level 2 (PL2) which means resources within most geographic areas are adequate to manage the current situation, with light to moderate mobilization of resources occurring through the National Interagency Coordination Center.

For updates on wildfires and other activities across the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Salmon-Challis National Forests, follow their Facebook pages. For information, contact the Wisdom Ranger District at (406) 689-3243, the Dillon Ranger District at (406) 683-3900, or the Salmon-Cobalt Ranger District at (208) 756-5200.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginThursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 06:30 PM
LocationGoldstone Pass 18 miles south of Jackson, Montana
Incident CommanderDave Paden/Chris Hinkey
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.117 latitude, -113.534 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel16
Size9,337 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained26%
Fuels Involved

The fire is burning in heavy dead and down and decadent stands of beetle killed lodgepole pine, and some subalpine fur and mixed conifers. Spotting has occurred up to a half mile.

Significant Events

Minimal activity. Some heat still present.

Outlook

Projected Incident Activity

No spread is expected.

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