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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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This will be the final update for the Goat Fire unless significant activity occurs. Heavy equipment, ground and felling crews worked hard in steep, rugged terrain over the last few weeks to create safe access to and from the fire, construct contingency lines, and aggressively seek and eliminate heat sources near the fire’s edge. Repair work from suppression activities will continue into the near future. Recent weather and natural barriers have assisted firefighters in accelerating these efforts and minimizing fire behavior.

An infrared flight over the area on August 8th revealed no heat signatures and fire activity is minimal.  Small amounts of smoke may still be visible as interior islands of unburned vegetation continue to smolder.  The fire will be monitored just in case a low probability event occurs and it escapes control features.

Area closures have been lifted, allowing the public back into the interior of the Flint Creek Mountains.  If you have further questions related to the Goat Fire, please contact the Pintler Ranger District at 406-859-3211. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday July 17th, 2021 approx. 09:30 AM
Location11 Miles Northeast of Philipsburg, MT
Incident CommanderPintler District, BDNF
Coordinates46.379 latitude, -113.071 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel31
Size212 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Fuels Involved

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

Significant Events

Heavy equipment completed work along the roads, creating safer access for crews and rehabbing problem areas along the roadway.


Planned Actions

Ground crews will continue to mop up and cold trail where needed.

Projected Incident Activity

Due to weather conditions we expect minimal fire behavior and minimal activity. With incoming weather, crews will be assessing fire behavior.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.