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Goat Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Larry Smith
Phone: 406-290-3603
Hours: Seven days a week 8am-8pm

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For Immediate Release:  

Transition of Command to B-D

Aug 4, 2021 

Location: The fire is located 11 miles NE of Philipsburg  

Cause: Lightning

Percent Contained: 0%

Date Reported:  July 17, 2021

Size: 212 acres  

Fuel: Timber and Brush

Philipsburg, MT – Gusty ridgetop winds accompanied by isolated storms and poor relative humidity recovery over the next 24 hours may challenge resources, however, Thursday should bring a welcome cloud cover and increase in relative humidity that may help progress suppression tactics. An infrared flight this morning recorded heat signatures on the northwest edge of the fire, resources are remaining vigilant. Dozer line construction continues to serve as an effective suppression tactic. Crews have completed repair on a bridge in Finley Basin, and continue to work on hazard tree removal for safe access to and from the fire. As of this morning, Incident Command has transitioned from Zach Saavedra to Jerod Russell and will continue to be managed as a Type Three Incident with full suppression tactics by utilizing a combination of point protection, confine/contain, and monitoring.

The area surrounding the Goat Fire is under a closure order, if you don’t need to access the area PLEASE DON’T!  Due to safety concerns, each time the public accesses the area firefighting operations must pause for both public and firefighter safety thereby delaying the suppression of the fire. 

Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest Goat Fire Closure Order: 

The 212-acre Goat Fire continues to challenge firefighters due to its steep, rugged terrain and difficult access.  

The fire started July 17, by lightning within the Flint Mountain Range, and was detected through satellite imagery.  

Additional Fire Information and Links:  

Smoke: Northwesterly flow will continue to push smoke from Canada and Idaho over the area throughout the week, leaving air quality conditions at a moderate to unhealthy level. An Air Quality Alert is still in effect, and significant improvements are not expected in the near future. Wildfire smoke information can be found at - 

Fire Restrictions: Stage II restrictions are in effect on the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest - 

Goat Fire Public Information Phone: (406) 290-3603 

Goat Fire Email: 

Goat Fire Information Facebook Page:  


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 17th, 2021 approx. 09:30 AM
Location11 Miles Northeast of Philipsburg, MT
Incident CommanderJerod Russell Pintler District FMO Type Three Team
Coordinates46.379 latitude, -113.071 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel82
Size212 Acres
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 01st, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory) consisting of Sub-Alpine Fir, Old Growth Douglas Fir. In addition Brush (2ft)

Significant Events

Minimal fire behavior Backing creeping and flanking fire is primary mode of fire spread


Planned Actions

Actions to go direct with Falling Modules and Hand Crew along the south and west flank of the fire in divisions R & O. Utilizing aviation support. Implement plans for point protection and confine and contain strategies. As resources arrive, placing them on the incident based on priorities.

Projected Incident Activity

Overcast and light precipitation for part of the day helped with minimal fire growth and continues to back and flank to Granite Creek. Some moderate fire movement to the North backing. Fire growth to the west had limited backing. Structure protection plans have been established for resources to implement these plans based on the identified MAPs. These plans will be initiated and implemented with the structures that are immediately vulnerable. Nearest structures are .5 miles adjacent to the fire and show possible impact with weather and fire behavior increase in the future.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A few showers or a thunderstorm are possible this afternoon, watch for gusty outflow winds near any thunderstorms. Otherwise it will be warmer and drier this afternoon compared to

yesterday. Thunderstorm chances increase on Thursday afternoon.

Locally heavy rain will occur under the cores but the main concern is gusty outflow winds to 50 mph as storms move from southwest to northeast across the region.