Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
Update: Fire activity remains varied within the low to moderate range throughout the fire perimeter. Wednesday afternoon winds fanned fire within a group of trees next to the west side of Highway 191, just south of the Fawn Pass Trail Head. Embers from this activity reached the east side of the road where fire crews detected and contained a small spot fire located between the Gallatin River and Highway 191.
Weather: Sunny weather with slightly warmer temperatures Friday will foster moderate fire behavior. Higher temperatures are forecasted for Saturday with lower humidity and stronger winds on ridgetops. These weather conditions favor increased fire behavior.
Cloudy and unsettled weather on Sunday may bring a small amount of precipitation to the fire area and a decrease in fire behavior.
Planned Actions: Over the weekend fire crews will begin removing trees that have fallen across the Bacon Rind Trail. Other crews will 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. As the fall season continues the Bacon Rind fire is expected to burn until several days of significant precipitation, including snow, blankets the fire.
Highway 191 remains open, and the speed limit through the fire area is 45 MPH.
Closures in Yellowstone National Park and Custer Gallatin National Forest remain in effect. For a complete list of closures please visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5992
Fire has shaped the landscape of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for a very long time. Native plant species have developed adaptations so they endure and in some cases flourish after periodic fires. Fire influences ecosystem processes and patterns, such as nutrient cycling and plant community composition and structure. It provides diverse habitat for many different animals to flourish.