Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
This will be the final update for the Bridger Foothills Fire. Updates will occur on an as needed basis from here on out. On Friday, October 2 (today) the fire transitioned back to the local district and Type 4 Incident Commander Paul Monforton. Resources on the fire will continue to grid, patrol and extinguish any remaining smokes. Gridding includes firefighters spreading out in a linear fashion and searching out hot areas, stump holes or remaining root systems that may be holding heat. Personnel have also placed water bars to help control erosion on the Bridger Ridge Trail, these efforts will occur again in the spring. Starting today, heavy equipment will be operating within the burn zone. Please respect the current closure.
Weather / Fire Behavior
Dry weather conditions will continue, with temperatures remaining in the 70's dropping to 40's overnight. Winds generally 5-10 with gusts to 15 mph. No precipitation is forecasted.
The Forest's area closure includes roads and trails within National Forest System lands heading 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. The Bridger Ridge Trail and M 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.
While the weather may be getting cooler, fire season is not over. If you are using a recreational fire, make sure it is DEAD OUT and cold to the touch before leaving your campsite. Fuels in the area remain dry and receptive to ignitions. Be alert and careful while recreating in or near a burn zone. There are tree felling operations going on along the edge of the burn. Strong winds can cause fire damaged trees to fall over. Stay on trail, and try to move through the area as quickly as possible to avoid exposure to hazards.