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Bacon Rind Fire

Unit Information

Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771

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Bacon Rind Fire Update

Bacon Rind Fire Wildfire
News – 9/13/2018

Bacon Rind Fire

September 12, 2018

Community Meeting Wednesday 9/12 7:00pm

Community Protestant Church

505 N Electric St.

West Yellowstone MT, 59758

Fire Information

Current perimeter size:

Approx. 4,426 acres (9/12/18)

· 1,706 acres-Yellowstone National Park

· 2,720 acres-Custer Gallatin National Forest


Approximately 20 miles south of Big Sky, MT and 23 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT.

Date Started:

7/20/2018 lightning-caused


Visit for closures within Yellowstone National Park and the Monument Unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Custer Gallatin National Forest.


1 – Twenty (20) person crew

1 – Type 3 (light) helicopter

5 – Type 6 engines

Cooperating Agencies:

· Custer Gallatin National Forest

· Yellowstone National Park

· Gallatin County, MT

· Montana Department of Transportation


As a cool dry front pushed through the area on Tuesday, it brought another day of breezy conditions to the fire area. The fire continued to move north where active fire behavior was observed by firefighters in the upper reaches of the Monument Creek Drainage. Moderate activity was observed on the southern flank Tuesday as the fire bumped against Ernest Miller Ridge to the southwest. Smoke was also showing along the edge of the 2003 Rathbone Fire Area. Travelers saw sustained burning to the west of Highway 191 just north of the Bacon Rind Area.

As cloud cover forms over the fire area, fire activity is expected to decrease Wednesday with possible showers by Thursday.

Crews continue to implement precautionary measures on private inholdings located to the north of the fire. Multiple firefighters are posted as lookouts daily, keeping a watch on the fire and weather conditions affecting fire behavior.

Closures in Yellowstone National Park and Custer Gallatin National Forest remain in effect. For a complete list of closures please visit

Highway 191 is open, and drivers are reminded that the speed limit through the fire area is 45 MPH. Fire and smoke may be visible along the roadway so please be cautious when driving and stay alert for firefighters and their vehicles. Fire information is available at open designated pullouts. Do not stop along the shoulder of the road.

Fire has continually shaped the vegetation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and helps maintain the natural process in the area. Fire creates diverse habitat and recycles nutrients back into the soil. The plant and animal life we see and enjoy is partially benefited as a result of fire. The Bacon Rind Fire is burning in an area that has not experienced extensive fire in the last 150 years.

Current Fire Information on InciWeb:

Fire Information: (406) 579-3732

Montana Department of Transportation Website: