Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
Beartooth Ranger District
Hours: 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday
Robertson Draw FireThursday, June 24, 2021 at 8:00AM
Inciweb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7537/ Email: 2021.RobertsonDraw@firenet.govFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/custergallatin/ Public Information Phone: (406) 290-3559https://www.facebook.com/redlodgefire/
Location: 7 miles south of Red Lodge, MontanaIncident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Brian Jenkins – Incident Commander
Size: 29,601 acres Containment: 53% Personnel: 378
A Robertson Draw/Crooked Creek Fires Community Meeting with virtual option is scheduled for tonight at 7:00 P.M. at the Roosevelt Center, 17th Street and Broadway in Red Lodge or online at Facebook page @CusterGallatinNationalForest
Current Status: Yesterday, crews continued to mop up along the fire line on the southwest side of the fire where the burnout was completed a couple of days ago. There was still some smoke in the air as some interior pockets burned up but no threat to the containment lines. The eastern side of the fire remained in patrol status with the main work continuing to be done in an aspen grove. Firefighters continued to work on containment lines and a contingency line on the northwest side. The contingency line is being tied into the East Side Road near Highway 212. On the west side the crews were shuttled back from the plateau before the afternoon thunderstorms and lightning started to develop. The structure protection group was reorganized into an initial attack group and prepared for any new fire starts.
Planned Actions: On the east side of the fire crews will continue to patrol for any areas of heat along the containment line. Crews will again focus efforts on the creek draw that has a pocket of aspen trees which is holding heat. On the northwest side firefighters will continue to construct the contingency fire line between the fire area and the East Side Road and begin chipping the wood debris and have it hauled away. Crews will also work on direct fire line farther to the east. On the south side firefighters will continue to mop up the containment line along the area where the burnout was completed. Smoke might continue to be seen from this area as interior pockets burn up. Due to the weather forecast of thunderstorms and lightning in the afternoon, no crews will go to the west side of the fire. The crew that was up working on the western side will join the initial attack group and be available for responding to any new fire starts in the area.
Evacuation Warnings: Evacuation Warnings remain in effect for the areas located south of Red Lodge and east of US Highway 212. The North and South Grove Creek Road, Gold Creek Road, Ruby Creek Road, Meeteetse Trail, and Robertson Draw Road are closed to general public use. It is recommended that all area residents have a household evacuation plan ready. Please remain vigilant and be aware of the fire situation and your surroundings.
Closures: All the Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage are closed under a Forest Closure Order. This includes trailheads, campgrounds, dispersed camping areas, and the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek, Spring Creek, Snow Creek, and Sheep Creek. This is in addition to the Closure Area encompassing the Line Creek Plateau. The Beartooth Highway (US Hwy 212) remains open.
A Closure Order is also in effect on all Bureau of Land Management lands lying West of State Highway 72, South of State Highway 308, and East of US Highway 212 in Carbon County.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): A TFR is in place for air space over the Robertson Draw Fire (FDC 1/7695) to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operating in the area. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!
Primary and Cooperating Agencies: USFS, DNRC, BLM, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, DES, and Road Department, Red Lodge Fire District, and Belfry Fire District