CURRENT STATUS: Northern Rockies Type 2 Incident Management Team #5 will transfer command to a Type 3 organization on Monday, July 26th. NR Team #5 Operations Section Chief, Gabe Holguin, will be the Type 3 Incident Commander. Crews completed handline to the West Fork Madison River from Forest Service Trail #6410 today, connecting the section of line started southwest of Hoodoo Pass. This line will serve as the basis for future burnout operations to contain the fire on the western flank. Crews conducted an isolated burn-out operation in the Meridian Creek drainage, between the meadows and the active edge of the fire to establish a buffer. Helicopters assisted the ground crews with buckets drops. Crews continue to monitor the fire's activity and "mop-up" residual heat along all flanks of the fire. Crews found and addressed several areas of heat along the northern flank. Helicopters also assisted with bucket drops in this area. Demobilization of excess resources will occur over the next few days; some resources are being reassigned to assist with other incidents in the region.
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR: Poor overnight relative humidity recovery will likely result in an earlier and longer burn period. Warm and dry conditions, with lighter winds, will persist through Monday. Tuesday will be a transition day for weather, with unpredictable conditions as monsoonal moisture pushes into the area. There is a better chance for wet thunderstorms Wednesday-Friday. Less drift smoke from other fires and more radiant heat from the sun were over the Goose fire today, resulting in increased fire activity in areas holding residual heat. Heavy fuels will continue to smolder, with crown runs unlikely. The duff layers and stump holes will continue to hold heat, requiring extensive mop-up.
CLOSURES: The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest area closure is still in effect. Official closure information can be found on their website, under Alerts: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices. The Forest will monitor and re-evaluate the closure area, shrinking the boundary as conditions become safe to do so. Fire-weakened trees are susceptible to winds and pose a threat to firefighters and the public.
STAGE 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS: The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has implemented Stage 2 Fire Restrictions. All campfires and stove fires (including charcoal barbecues and grills) are prohibited. These restrictions also affect smoking and the use of various internal combustion engines. Current restrictions information can be found at www.mtfireinfo.org.