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Gatlin Gulch Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Cat McRae
Email: catherine.mcrae@usda.gov
Phone: 406-925-3353
Hours: Daily, 0800 - 1900

Air Attack and 2KA helicopter assets coordinate strategic bucket drops onto the Gatlin Gulch Fire.Image options: [ Full Size ]

This will be the final update for the Gatlin Gulch Fire unless significant activity occurs. Fire crews and heavy equipment, along with assistance from aviation resources, worked to create and improve safe access to and from the fire, construct fireline, and aggressively eliminate heat sources near the fire’s edge. Repair work from suppression activities will continue into the near future, and crews will continue to patrol the fire. At this time, fire activity is minimal with no visible smoke in the fire area. Small amounts of smoke may become visible with an increasing warming trend later this week, however crews will continue to monitor the fire.

Road and trail closures have been lifted, allowing access to the public. If you have further questions related to the Gatlin Gulch Fire, please contact the Butte Ranger District at 406-494-2147.  


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined
Date of OriginFriday July 30th, 2021 approx. 02:00 PM
Location6 miles SW of Boulder, MT
Incident CommanderBDNF
Coordinates46.168 latitude, -112.201 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel86
Size52 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained70%
Estimated Containment DateSunday August 15th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Medium logging slash, brush (2 ft), and timber (litter & understory).

Significant Events

Minimal backing, creeping and smoldering.

Outlook

Planned Actions

The acreage remains unchanged, with no smoke visible in the fire area at this time. Crews will continue to patrol and monitor the fire.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Minimal fire activity expected due to precipitation with creeping and smoldering. Fire is likely to be mostly contained.

24 hours: Minimal fire activity expected due to recent precipitation with creeping and smoldering. Fire is likely to be mostly contained.

48 hours: Minimal fire activity expected due to recent precipitation with creeping and smoldering but temperatures and lower relatives are expected. Fire is likely to be mostly contained.

72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected due to recent precipitation with creeping and smoldering but temperatures and lower relatives are expected. Fire is likely to be mostly contained.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Minimal fire activity expected due to recent precipitation with creeping and smoldering but temperatures and lower relatives are expected. Fire is likely to be mostly contained.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Warmer, dryer humidities and warmer temperatures are expected, however no heat signature nor smoke has been seen from this fire