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Old Baldy Fire

Unit Information

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

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Evening photo from Air Attack of the Old Baldy Fire 8/5/2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

This morning, the fire transitioned from a Type III to a smaller local Type IV organization.  The Old Baldy Fire is at 50% containment and holding at 129 acres due to the successful efforts of firefighter and aviation resources.  Fire activity is minimal with heat in the interior of the existing fire perimeter.  The fire is in hazardous terrain that is steep and inaccessible with snags that are a safety concern for firefighters.   

Firefighters will continue to to address any hot spots near the fire’s edge and will utilize air resources as needed.  Fire managers expect minimal fire behavior and smoke today.  Firefighters will continue to staff the fire for the next several days and will continue to monitor the fire in the coming weeks.  

The area closure (#2020-D6-016) was lifted at 5:00 pm yesterday, August 7, 2020. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday August 01st, 2020 approx. 08:00 PM
LocationEight (8) miles East of Twin Bridges, MT in the Tobacco Root Mountains Approximately 6 miles northeast of Sheridan, MT
Incident CommanderCompton/Racicot(t)
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates45.554 latitude, -112.146 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel67
Size129 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained50%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday September 01st, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber (subalpine fir and whitebark pine), grass

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior. The fire is creeping (burning with a low flame and spreading slowly) and smoldering


Planned Actions

Utilize air resources; hot spotting (checking the spread of fire at points of more rapid spread) with ground resources.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity with interior heat. Fire suppression will continue using both air and ground support.


Transition from the Type III to a local Type IV organization on August 8, 2020.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain showers and thunderstorms in the morning, then chance of rain showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.