Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
Bridger Foothills Fire Evening Update
September 8, 2020 – 8:00 p.m.
Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team - Dan Dallas, Incident Commander
Information Center: 406-219-7052 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm)
Media Inquiries: 406-219-7136
Bridger Foothills Fire Story Map: https://arcg.is/1eqjm0
Special Notes: The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office will hold 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. For further information see https://www.facebook.com/events/259439328430126.
Gallatin County, Montana DNRC, Custer Gallatin National Forest, and the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team continue with their strong partnership efforts in suppressing this wildfire and assisting residents affected by the fire.
Current Situation: The wet conditions today allowed firefighters to make significant progress on securing the fire edge. Expect to see containment increasing by as early as tomorrow.
On the southern and eastern sides of the fire, in Divisions A, Y, and H, crews hot-spotted, cold-trailed, and built handline while structure protection forces worked to further secure private property from additional fire damage. On the north side of the fire, also Division H, firefighters scouted opportunities for direct line construction around the “fingers” and “horseshoe” in the fire perimeter. These areas will be secured with hand and dozer line over the next 3-4 days. In Division D on the west side of the fire, plans are in place to fly crews into Baldy Mountain to begin building direct handline towards the south and into H-1 to begin building line to the north.
A radio repeater was flown to Baldy Mountain today to enhance communications for crews working the west side of the fire in coming days.
The Gallatin County Sheriff announced at this evening’s virtual public meeting that 28 residences and an unknown number of outbuildings have been damaged or destroyed in the fire. Follow-up and support to homeowners will continue as needed.
Weather & Fuel Conditions: Tonight’s temperatures will be in the mid-20s. Humidity recovery will be upper 50s to lower 60s percent. Tomorrow will reach a high of 55 degrees with RH of 29 percent and NW winds at 3-7 mph. A warming, drying trend will continue throughout the week. Despite the precipitation over the fire area, heavy fuels remain dry inside and continue to burn. Light fuels will dry quickly as the warming trend continues.
Evacuations and Warnings: As of 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, some residents in the Bridger Canyon Road and Jackson Creek Road areas will be allowed to return to their homes. For further details on these openings see the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gallatincountysheriffsoffice/ or https://www.gallatinmedia.org/
Closures: As of 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, there will be changes in the road closures for Bridger Canyon Road and Jackson Creek Road. For details on these closures see this link: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/
The area closure for the Custer Gallatin National Forest is listed on the Forest Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CusterGallatinNationalForest/.
Bridger Foothills Fire Statistics:
Size: approximately 7,138 acres
Total Personnel: approximately 300
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,) 6 helicopters, 2 Interagency Hotshot (Type 1) hand crews, 8 Type 2 hand crews, 15 engines, 3 water tenders, and 3 dozers. Many additional resources are on order.