Goose Fire Update 07/13/2021

CURRENT STATUS:

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.



ANNOUNCEMENT:

NR Team 5 will host a virtual community meeting on the Goose Fire

Facebook page today from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


CLOSURES:

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

here: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices.



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.





288 views0 comments