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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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Bridger Foothills Fire Update 8 pm

Bridger Foothills Fire Wildfire
News – 9/7/2020

Bridger Foothills Fire Evening Update

September 7, 2020 – 8:00 p.m.    

Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Dan Dallas, Incident Commander

Information Center: 406-219-7052        

Media Inquiries: 406-219-7136



Special Notes: The Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire at 6:00 am this morning. Team members are primarily from Colorado, Wyoming, and South Dakota.

There will be a virtual public fire information meeting Tuesday evening Sept. 8 at 6:00 pm. Details for accessing the meeting will be provided tomorrow.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and US Forest Service will be holding a “Relief, Recovery, and Support Day” for those directly impacted by the fire at Gallatin County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Current Situation:   Minimal fire activity occurred on Monday due to cooler temperatures and precipitation.  Crews began cold trailing and building fireline as needed around the spots on the eastern side of the fire. At the southwest corner of the fire, crews are constructing handline to the north. Locations for hand and dozer line are being scouted on the northern side of the fire.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Structure Protection Group, is conducting assessments of structures impacted by the fire on Saturday. Follow-up with homeowners will be accomplished as soon as possible. Structure protection measures are being focused on preventing reburn around homes and other buildings.

Firefighters will continue to secure the heel of the fire at the southwest corner and proceed north along the flank of the fire from this anchor point.  Heavy equipment and air support will be utilized as needed to continue to secure line and to mop-up around the fire perimeter. 

Weather & Fuel Conditions:  Significantly cooler temperatures reduced fire behavior today. Rain and snow have been observed over portions of the fire area. A mix of rain/snow is expected to continue tonight. Overnight temperatures are expected to dip to below 30 degrees and the area could experience its first hard frost of the season. The outlook is for a warming trend later in the week.

Evacuations and Warnings:   Several neighborhoods are in evacuation or evacuation warning status. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office is coordinating allowing residents briefly back into their homes at specific times and for specific needs. For the latest information on evacuations see the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at .

Closures:  Hwy 86/Bridger Canyon Road is closed from Jackson Creek Rd. to Brackett Creek Rd. The Kelly Canyon road closure has been moved from I-90 to the intersection of Bridger Canyon Road. The Jackson Creak road closure has been moved from I-90 to the intersection of Jackson Creek Road and Laughing Horse Lane. The area closure for the Custer-Gallatin National Forest are listed on the Forest Facebook page:

Bridger Foothills Fire Statistics:

Size: approximately 7,140 acres

Containment: 0%

Total Personnel: 160

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

Reported: September 4, 2020

Cause: Under investigation

Resources Include: Air resources, including single engine air tankers (SEATs,) 7 helicopters, Midnight Sun and Idaho Panhandle Interagency Hotshot crews, smokejumpers, 4 Type 2 handcrews, 11 engines, 4 water tenders and 2 dozers.  Many additional resources are on order.