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Goldstone Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Goldstone Fire Information
Phone: 602-529-5924
Hours: 8am-8pm

Dillon Ranger District
Phone: 406-689-3900
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

Salmon Challis NF
Phone: 208-756-7853
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

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Fire Danger Level for the Dillon Dispatch Center Zone is Very High

Goldstone Fire, Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Salmon-Challis National Forests

The lightning-caused Goldstone Fire was detected on August 2nd. The fire started burning in a high elevation basin near Goldstone Pass, located 18 miles south of Jackson, MT, 5 miles west of Reservoir Lake in the Park Creek drainage in the Bitterroot Mountains, on the Montana and Idaho state border. It is located in steep mountainous terrain and is burning in heavy mixed conifer fuels (sub-alpine fir, Engleman spruce, lodgepole pine) with very heavy concentrations of standing dead trees (snags).

Preparedness Level: The nation is currently at a Preparedness Level 5 (PL5). PL5 indicates that there is large fire activity occurring in multiple geographic areas and a heavy commitment of crews, aircraft, and equipment to these incidents, along with a forecast for continued hot, dry, windy conditions. During PL5, as fires grow and additional resources are needed, it can take longer for resources to be assigned to a fire due to the limited number of available. The Northern Rockies Geographic Area (MT, Northern ID, and North Dakota) is at a Preparedness Level 4 (PL4). PL4 indicates national priorities govern resources of all types .Shared resources are heavily committed. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is also at Preparedness Level Five (PL5).

Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 55 uncontained large fires in the nation which are filtering smoke into the valleys of Montana. You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at Further information on smoke can be found on the MT Department of Environmental Quality’s website at

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 02nd, 2018 approx. 06:30 PM
LocationGoldstone Pass 18 miles south of Jackson, Montana
Incident CommanderSteve Millert, Southwest Area IMT4
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.117 latitude, -113.534 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel202
Size9,191 Acres
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

Fire continues to back east into the bottom of Bloody Dick Creek, southward movement continues into Kitty Canyon, with fire slowly backing into Idaho on the west flank.


Planned Actions

Line prep, structure protection, line location and scouting. Clipping operations along the Goldstone Pass Road on the north flank; and connection of FSR181 to FSR185 on the south flank. Snagging operations along the Goldstone Pass Road and fuel preparation. Continued fire activity will require a high level of patrol and tracking any potential spotting or fire movement so appropriate action may be taken.

Projected Incident Activity

Any location with active fire behavior around the fire perimeter will result in long range spotting and increased fire growth. Detection of spots with few vantage points does not allow for immediate knowledge of spot locations until they grow in size. Wind, high temperatures and low relative humidities are causing fire growth each day with little opportunity for direct action.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

For Monday, a weather system will enter the area from the north. This will bring numerous showers and wet thunderstorms with a high chance of wetting rain. Monday afternoon into the overnight, expect the strongest sustained winds the fire has seen to date. Tuesday will see the winds die off as the system exits to the east but unstable conditions will keep a chance of showers in the area.