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Bridger Foothills Fire

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

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Evening Update - 10:00 p.m. Bridger Foothills Fire

Bridger Foothills Fire Wildfire
News – 9/6/2020

Bridger Foothills Fire

Evening Update - September 6, 2020

Start date:  September 4, 2020

Location:  NE of Bozeman, MT, approx. 2.5 miles up from M parking lot, near Bridger Foothills Trail.

Cause:  Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 140

Current Size:  Approximately 7100 acres

Containment: 0%


Call 211 for those affected by the Fire and seeking assistance.

Hwy 86/Bridger Canyon Road is closed: Story Mill to Sedan,

Evacuations in effect for Kelly Canyon, Jackson Creek and all of Bridger Canyon. 

Moffitt Gulch, Quinn Creek, O’Rea Creek, Willow Creek, Fleshman Creek, Stone Creek, Skunk Creek and Brackett Creek under evacuation warnings.  

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will be letting residents return briefly between 8 a.m. and noon, Monday, Sept. 7.  Residents MUST provide name, address, ID and varication and check-in/out with deputies. 

Please use the access point closest to your house. (Stone Creek to Brackett remains closed for safety)

Forest Area Closures: All roads and trails in the Bridgers and Bangtails are closed.

Resources Assigned: Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team under the command of Dallas will inbrief and assume command of the fire tomorrow, Monday, September 7. Air resources including single engine air tankers, 6 helicopters, Midnight Sun and Idaho Panhandle Interagency Hotshot Crews, 3 Type II handcrews, multiple structure protection strike teams/engines, smokejumpers, dozers and more resources on order. 

Current Status: Minimal fire activity occurred on Sunday, September 6 mainly on the northeast flank of the fire.  Firefighters were able to assess structures and continue to provide structure protection where the fire went through on Saturday and ensure embers around houses were extinguished.  Direct handline was constructed along the heel of the fire, on the southwestern edge of the fire.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Structure protection on the fire has confirmed structures have been impacted and lost.  Follow-up with homeowners is being done as soon as possible. 

Planned Actions:  Firefighters will continue with direct handline construction working north.  Structure protection will occur ahead of the fire and firefighters will continue to assess structures.  Heavy equipment will be utilized where needed to continue to secure a line and mop-up around structures and prevent any reburn.  Public and firefighter life and safety is the utmost priority.   

Injuries:  On Saturday two separate events took place.  One confirmed injury due do a rolling rock to a firefighter was confirmed.  The individual has been treated and released. 

A separate incident occurred with three firefighters in a position that they felt they needed to deploy their fire shelters as is trained for.  At a later time, the firefighters came out of their shelters and were able to move to a safe area.  The individuals are currently being treated at Bozeman Health for smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion and have been released.  They are otherwise in good condition and will be rejoining their families as soon as possible.

Public and firefighter life and safety is the utmost priority and actions taking place today will follow that primary principle.    

Weather:  A significant cool down is expected overnight and into Monday.  Overnight temps at 43-46, relative humidity recovery at 83-91%.  Monday temperatures will be 44-49 and rain showers likely.