Goose Fire At 78% Containment

Fire size: 7,496 acres

Containment: 78%

Resources assigned:

• 160 personnel

• 7 engines

• 2 helicopters

• 2 Type 2

Handcrews

• 1 fire suppression module

Management:

Incident Commander

Gabe Holguin, Type 3 Incident Management Organization



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.



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