The Goose fire progressed about a mile and a half southward yesterday
and overnight. Fire activity was due to high winds and extremely dry
fuels. Crews will scout areas to extend existing handline near the
southern portion of the fire.
To the north, crews will further secure spot fires on the northeastern
flank by digging handline and "plumbing" the area with hoses and
water-handling equipment. The equipment will be shuttled across Cliff
Lake by boat. Aerial resources will be assisting ground crews with
bucket drops along the northern side of the fire and providing
assistance in monitoring fire growth.
Engine crews are patrolling and monitoring around area structures.
Heavy equipment resources along Jackpine Road continue to make 1/4-
1/2 mile of progress a day on establishing a wide fuel break to use for
potential future burn operations.
Current Size: 3236 Acres
WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR:
Northerly winds are forecast to be 5-16 mph today, with gusts up to 24
mph. Afternoon thunderstorms could generate gusty, unpredictable
winds, as another weather disturbance moves through the area. Relative
humidity is forecast to be in the high teens, which is higher than what
we've seen the last several days. Additional cloud cover should
moderate temperatures. The forecast high is 84 degrees.
Fire behavior experts predict active fire activity in the southwest and
northwest areas of the fire. The southwest portion of the fire is in a
remote, heavily timbered area. Flame lengths up to 4 feet are expected
in the aspen/timber stringers along the northern fire edge.
NR Team 5 will host a virtual community meeting on the Goose Fire
Facebook page today from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest announced extended area
closures to include the Antelope Prong boat launch and the Wade Lake,
Hilltop, and Cliff Point campgrounds. Refunds for reservations will be
processed by recreation.gov. Official closure information can be found
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.