Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
FINAL BRIDGER FOOTHILLS SEASON UPDATE
After over a month of above-average temperatures and little to no moisture, the cold front on October 12 dropped welcome moisture on the Bridger Range, helping bring the Bridger Foothills Fire to 100% containment. A combination of variables led fire officials to this evaluation, including no recent growth to the fire perimeter, continued work of crews to increase containment, the recent precipitation event, as well as overall cooler seasonal conditions. The Incident Command Type 4 Team led by Paul Monforton will hand remaining patrols and monitoring to local fire resources at the Bozeman Ranger District with support from the Bridger Canyon Fire Department.
Seasonal weather conditions will persist with shorter, cooler days and increased chances of precipitation. Fire behavior is expected to be very minimal, though occasional smokes may be seen within the fire perimeter.
The fire area closure on National Forest Lands has been lifted. All trails and areas in the Bridger Range are now open to the public. Please continue to use extreme caution when entering areas within the burn zone.
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 it unattended. Fuels in the area still remain dry and receptive to ignition.
Be alert and careful while recreation in or near a burn zone. Stone winds can cause fire-damaged trees to fall over. Stay on the trail and try to move through the area as quickly as possible to avoid exposure to hazards.