Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
Bridger Foothills Fire
Morning Update - September 7, 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: 160
Current Size: Approximately 7140 acres
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.
Media Escorts will start to occur on Monday, please call 406-219-7136 to arrange, respect residents.
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 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 Dan Dallas will inbrief and assume command of the fire this morning, Monday, September 7. Air resources, including single engine air tankers, 7 helicopters, Midnight Sun and Idaho Panhandle Interagency Hotshot Crews, smokejumpers, 4 Type II handcrews, 11 engines, 4 water tenders, 2 dozers and more resources on order.
Current Status: Minimal fire activity occurred on Sunday, mainly on the northeast flank of the fire. Firefighters begin assessing structures and providing additional structure protection after Saturday fire front to prevent any reburn around homes. Direct handline continues to be constructed along the heel of the fire and proceeding north.
The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Structure protection on the fire has confirmed structures have been impacted and lost. Assessment and recovery of structures continues today and follow-up with homeowners is being done as soon as possible.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue to secure the heel of the fire and work north, typing in along the flanks of the fire. Structure protection, including assessments and recovery will continue today. Heavy equipment and air support 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.
Weather: A significant cool down is expected Monday, with rain occurring over the fire area starting around 9 a.m. A mix of rain/snow is expected into the afternoon and overnight. Overnight temps will dip to 21-30 degrees and will be the first hard frost in most of the fire area. Minimal fire activity is expected Monday with weather, with a warming trend by the end of the week.