The Goose Fire started on July 1, 2021. Initial attack forces responded
to suppress the fire, initially located in a 250-acre rock slide area,
inaccessible to crews. On the afternoon of July 9, the fire moved
easterly, south of Cliff Lake and north of Hidden Lake and up onto the
Hidden Lake Bench. Several air tankers dropped retardant to slow
further progression eastward, aiding the crews on the ground. The fire
burned into sagebrush and grass fuels, where it lost radiant heat and
died down. These lighter fuels are more favorable for suppression
tactics. The fire remained active in the timber stringer along the chain
of lakes on the east side. Local resources were on-scene throughout the
night. A more accurate overnight aerial mapping of the area estimated
the fire to be 691 acres.
Firefighters will continue work to create fuel breaks along adjacent
roads (Jackpine Road on the north and west flanks), in preparation for
potential burnout operations. Crews will work to minimize fire
progression in heavier fuels and limit northeast progression towards the
private structures approximately 5-6 miles away.
High pressure continues to build across the region, resulting in
continued hot and dry conditions. Winds will gust up to 25 mph today
and lessen overnight and into tomorrow. On Sunday, as the high
pressure system breaks down, winds are forecast to be northwesterly
between 8-17 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Temperatures are expected
to be in the low to mid 80s, with relative humidity in the single digits
through the weekend.
Fire behavior is anticipated to be moderate today with individual and
group tree torching in the rockslide area. Short-range spotting up to a
quarter of a mile has been observed over the last several days and will
likely occur more frequently as the fire reaches the edge of the
rockslide area. In the grass and sage area to the south of the fire, rapid
rates of spread and higher flame lengths are expected.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest will be implementing a
closure of the area surrounding the Goose fire for public and
STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest moved into Stage 1 Fire
Restrictions yesterday. Campfires and stove fires (including charcoal
barbecues and grills) are prohibited in the area unless using permanent
fire pits or fire grates within developed recreation sites. Smoking,
unless in a vehicle, a building, or an area 3 feet in diameter cleared of
vegetation, is also restricted.