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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 27th

Goose Fire Wildfire
News – 7/27/2021

ENNIS, MT – As firefighters continued to mop up and patrol contained lines on the Goose Fire today, others scouted potential containment opportunities and planned strategies to deal with the fire’s resistant west flank. The Goose Fire, which remains 78% contained, grew only 25 acres yesterday, to 7,496 acres.

A stubborn section of heat on the Goose Fire’s west flank is posing a challenge to firefighters due to its location in the steep, remote Meridian Creek canyon. While the fire is not growing rapidly, the rocky terrain makes it unsafe for handcrews to make a direct attack. Helicopter bucket-drops are being used to check the fire’s slow progression in the area, buying time for Incident Commander Gabe Holguin and his staff to develop a plan for full containment. Contingency lines have been prepared along roads and trails should fire behavior change.

Unstable, shifting weather is predicted today, with rising humidity, increased winds, and a potential for afternoon thunderstorms. Weather from Wednesday through Sunday should help firefighters, as monsoonal moisture predominates across the Goose Fire. This pattern will bring cooler temperatures, lighter winds, and higher humidity, along with a significant chance of wetting rains.

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 area closures based upon fire behavior, weather, and their proximity to burned areas. Closures will be lifted as soon as an area can be made safe for public access. Among other issues, fire-weakened trees pose a significant safety hazard which must be mitigated before an area can be reopened to the public.