Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
Update: Cold and wet weather has reached the Bacon Rind fire. October 4th and 5th .80 inches of rain, followed by 1 in. of snow fell over the fire area. However, isolated smokes remain visible in the interior of the fire perimeter.
Weather: The extended forecast calls for much cooler temperatures accompanied by rain and snow over the fire area. If warm dry weather returns to the fire area, isolated pockets of heat could up their smoke production but fire activity is expected to remain low. Local fire resources will continue to monitor conditions daily.
Planned Actions: On October 3rd local resources assumed command of the Bacon Rind fire and will continue to monitor the fire and weather conditions affecting fire behavior. October 5th will be the last operational period for crews assigned to the Bacon Rind Fire. Crews will spend the day working on rehabilitation projects and removing remaining signage. Electronic reader boards along Highway 191 will remain in place to let drivers know the fire is being managed and does not need to be reported.
Area closures issued on October 2nd, 2018 in Yellowstone National Park and Custer Gallatin National Forest remain in effect.
Highway 191 remains open
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.