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 Fire
Monday, June 28, 2021 at 8:00AM
Public Information Phone: (406) 290-3559
Location: 7 miles south of Red Lodge, Montana
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Brian Jenkins – Incident Commander
Size: 29,838 acres Containment: 65% Personnel: 303
Current Status: Firefighters continued to patrol and mop up along the southern and eastern sides of the fire. Some interior areas along the south side continued to burn and generated some smoke late in the day on Sunday. These areas that are burning are well interior from the containment lines. Some suppression repair work on interior fire lines continued to be completed. Perimeter fire lines remain in place while some erosion control work was completed to prevent potential soil runoff. On the northwest side firefighters continued to search for hot spots along hand lines. Crews completed some vegetation thinning work outlined by the Forest along forest roads near Highway 212. The initial attack group assisted with the vegetation thinning work and remained prepared to respond to any new fires. The low cloud cover and chance of storms continued to prevent bringing a crew back to the plateau on the west side of the fire.
Planned Actions: The south and east sides of the fire will continue to be patrolled and monitored for any hot spots or pockets of heat along the containment lines. Suppression repair of interior dozer lines will continue on the eastern side. On the northwest side firefighters will continue to patrol and grid the fire’s edge searching for any pockets of heat. A woodchipper will be brought in to clean up the vegetation thinned out along forest roads. If the weather clears, a crew will return to the plateau and south of Mt. Maurice area on the west side of the fire. The initial attack group will remain prepared to respond to any new fire starts. If weather allows the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) will fly with an infrared camera to map out hot spots along the fire lines.
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 public use. It is recommended that all area residents have a household evacuation plan. Please remain vigilant and be aware of the fire situation and your surroundings.
Closures: All Custer Gallatin National Forest System lands south of Point of Rocks in the Rock Creek drainage and east of US Highway 212 are still closed under a Forest Closure Order. This includes trailheads, campgrounds, dispersed camping areas, and the USDA Forest Service Recreation Residences in Corral Creek and Spring Creek. This is in addition to the Forest Closure Order encompassing the Line Creek Plateau.
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 1/0096) 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