Goose Fire At 7247 Acres After Overnight IR Mapping

Size: 7,247 (IR mapping)

Percent Completion: 34%

Resources Assigned:

• Total personnel: 261

• Engines: 18

• Helicopters: 2

• Hand crews: 2 type 1 hot shot crews, 1 type 2 initial attack crew and 2 type 2 crews



CURRENT STATUS:

An overnight infrared flight mapped the fire at 7,247 acres.

In the northeast, crews constructed additional line for a potential burn-out

operation today that aims to contain a small section of concentrated heat.

Crews continue to look for additional opportunities for line construction

southwest of Hoodoo Pass and along Forest Service Trail 6410 north into

the West Fork Madison River. These lines will serve as the basis for future

burnout operations to contain the fire on the western flank.


Crews "mopped-up" residual heat along the north, east and south sides of

the fire, increasing completion of objectives to 34% yesterday. Helicopters

assisted with bucket drops in the north, where the fire was active in heavy

timber. Crews also searched for spot fires, "gridding" (systematically

covering an area) in unburned fuels in the north and found no heat in the

areas outside of the fire perimeter. Crews will continue the mop-up

operation today, aiming to increase the depth of the "cold black" inward

from the constructed lines. Extensive mop-up is necessary in areas with

thick duff and ground fuels that tend to hold residual heat over time.



WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR:

The fire received minimal precipitation from yesterday's thunderstorms.

Lightning ground strikes were spotted near the fire area. Early morning

conditions at the fire area included fog and heavy dew.


Today's temperatures are expected in the high 70s with clear skies this

morning and a slight chance of scattered showers in the afternoon. Wind

gusts could reach up to 25 mph, and relative humidity is expected to

remain in the mid 20s. Tomorrow will bring unsettled weather as a cold

front, with winds gusting 30+ mph and minimum relative humidity in the

low teens, approaches the area.


Good overnight recovery of relative humidity levels will delay more active

fire behavior until the afternoon hours. With sunny skies and lower

relative humidity in the coming days, grass and sage fuels may become

more available to burn. Heavy fuels will continue to smolder, with isolated

torching and short crown runs possible.



CLOSURES:

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest official closure information

can be found here:


STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is currently in Stage 1 Fire

Restrictions. These fire restrictions will tighten on Saturday morning, as

the Forest implements Stage 2. All campfires and stove fires (including

charcoal barbecues and grills) will be prohibited. These restrictions also

affect smoking and the use of internal combustion engines.


Current restrictions information can be found at www.mtfireinfo.org.



SAFETY & NOTIFICATIONS:

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) in place over the fire, in effect from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily. Wildfires are a NO DRONE ZONE. If you fly, we can't. Flying a drone near a wildfire can shut down all air operations.



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