Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
A Red Flag Warning will be in effect from noon until 9 pm on Saturday. High gusty winds will persist through the weekend. Crews continue to monitor the fire perimeter for hotspots, and improve portions of contingency line. Additionally, crews continue to improve conditions along sections of road and trails and will be completing suppression repair. Structure assessments are complete, totaling 450 structures evaluated. This will be the last daily update. Updates will move to a Mon/Wed/Fri schedule, unless significant changes occur with fire behavior or personnel activity.
WEATHER / FIRE BEHAVIOR
Strong wind will continue through Sunday, with gusts up to 45 mph at ridgetops. There is a chance of scattered showers throughout the morning, with cloud coverage diminishing in the afternoon. Temperatures remain cool during the day. Saturday night isolated rain showers are predicted, with a chance of wet snow. Light precipitation events are expected through Sunday. Wind and precipitation events will be less significant on the east side of the Bridger Mountains. Fire behavior remains low, with no expected growth.
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
Wind conditions are expected to remain high today. 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.