Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
A Red Flag Warning is in effect until Thursday night. High gusty winds are expected to persist into the afternoon. Hotspots continue on the Northern end, confined within the existing fire perimeter. Crews and aircraft responded to a hotspot last night and will continue to monitor and work on the identified area today. There may be helicopter activity, throughout the day, if wind conditions allow. Structure assessments have been completed, totaling at 453 structures evaluated. A Community Meeting will be hosted via Custer Gallatin NF Facebook Live at 7 pm Friday the 25th.
WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR The Forest has updated the area closure. The new closure area 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. Popular trails such as Sypes, Middle Cottonwood, Truman Gulch, Bridger Ridge Trail and access to the "M" are now open for recreational use. 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.
As a cold front approaches this afternoon, strong erratic winds may push through Bridger Canyon, with gusts up to 40 mph. A chance of rain showers is possible through Friday, but potential for wetting rain is minimal. Temperatures will remain warm today, peaking at 70 degrees and cooling off tomorrow. Humidity recovery will be moderate tonight. Fire behavior remains low, but some activity can be expected today due to the Fire Weather conditions.