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Goose Fire

Unit Information

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Incident Contact

Cat McRae
Email: catherine.mcrae@usda.gov
Phone: 406-925-3353
Hours: M-F 8-8p SS 8-8p

Goose Fire Morning Update for July 26th

Goose Fire Wildfire
News – 7/26/2021

As firefighters continue to make progress on containment of the 7,471-acre Goose Fire, command transitioned this morning to Incident Commander Gabe Holguin, leading a Type 3 incident management organization.

The Goose Fire is now 78% contained, with containment efforts now focused on the west flank of the fire, along with continued mop-up and the relentless search for hot spots throughout the fire area. Two helicopters are assisting firefighters from the air, using water buckets to quench areas of stubborn heat.

Handcrews, including a 10-person fire suppression module from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana, are carefully “gridding” along the fireline – digging through soil, mud, and ashes to feel for any remaining heat just below the surface. It’s hot, dirty, unglamorous work, but their efforts are essential to ensuring that the fire is well and truly out.

 Hot and dry weather is likely over the fire today; Tuesday should bring a change in the weather pattern, with humidity and winds rising and the potential for thunderstorms. The rest of the week, through Saturday, promises to be cooler and wetter, thanks to a surge of monsoonal moisture. That should aid firefighters in their efforts; increasing the humidity of fuels reduces their “probability of ignition,” a measure of how easily a given fuel type will catch fire.

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest area closures and a temporary flight restriction remain in effect to protect public and firefighter safety during the Goose Fire. Stage 2 fire restrictions are also in place, prohibiting campfires and the use of stove fires and charcoal grills. Closure details are posted on the BDNF website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices and fire restrictions are available at http://www.mtfireinfo.org.

The forest is continually re-evaluating closures based upon fire behavior, weather, and proximity to burned areas. Fire-weakened trees pose a significant safety hazard which must be mitigated before an area can be reopened to the public.