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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 Sept 28, 2020

Bridger Foothills Fire Wildfire
News – 9/28/2020

                       Fire Stats: Location:   3 mi NE of Bozeman, MT Start Date: September 4 Size:  8,224 Percent Contained:   83% Cause:  Lightning Total Personnel:  23 Engines:  1 Helicopters:  1  Water Tender:  0

Bridger Foothills Fire started on an extremely dry and windy Friday prior to Labor Day.  Initial attack resources responded in force, but given weather and fuel conditions the fire quickly spread.  A frontal passage Saturday, September 5 pushed the fire to over 7,000 acres.  The fire has shown minimal growth in recent days & suppression repair  continues..       No significant weather hazards are expected over the next week. Temperatures are on the chilly side this morning, particularly in valley locations with light winds. Firefighters will continue to patrol, mop up, and look for remaining smokes. Skies will remain mostly clear. Expect breezy west to northwest winds gusting 15 to 25 mph during the afternoon. A weak cold front is expected on Wednesday, bringing temperatures back into the 60s for North- central Montana. Otherwise, expect consistent high temperatures in the lower 70s and lows near 40 all week.

Current Status:
  No significant weather hazards are expected over the next week. Temperatures are on the chilly side this morning, particularly in valley locations with light winds. Firefighters will continue to patrol, mop up, and look for remaining smokes. Skies will remain mostly clear. Expect breezy west to northwest winds gusting 15 to 25 mph during the afternoon. A weak cold front is expected on Wednesday, bringing temperatures back into the 60s for North- central Montana. Otherwise, expect consistent high temperatures in the lower 70s and lows near 40 all week.

 Weather / Fire Behavior: 

 Fair weather prevails throughout the week. Temperatures will remain near, to above average, with highs in the 60s and 70s. Some areas could see moderate wind gusts to 25 mph during the afternoon hours. Fire behavior remains low, with no expected growth  

 Closures: 

The Forest's area closure includes roads and trails within National Forest System lands south of the Bridger Bowl Ski Area  and east of the Bridger Ridge Trail #513, including Pine Creek Trail #538. All other trails are open. Please use extreme caution when entering areas within the burn zone and continue to respect the fire closure boundary. Bridger Canyon Road is open to the public.  Travelers should SLOW DOWN and watch for fire traffic.
Safety:  

Be careful. Be watchful. There are tree felling operations going on along the edge of the burn. Strong winds can cause fire damaged trees to fall over. Be cautious when recreating in a burn zone, stay on the trail, and try to move through the area as quickly as possible to avoid exposure to hazards.  
 
   Anothe
  gradual warming and drying trend begins Monday with clear weather predicted through much of the week. High temperatures are forecast to be in the 60s. No precipitation expected for the week.