Size: 7,471 (IR mapping)
Percent Completion: 70%
• Total personnel: 193
• Engines: 8
• Helicopters: 2
• Hand crews: 2 type 2 crews.
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
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
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.
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) will be prohibited. These restrictions also affect smoking and
the use of various internal combustion engines.