Goose Fire Update 07/22/2021

Size: 7,262

Percent Completion: 42%

Cause: Lightning

Resources Assigned:

• Total personnel: 267

• Engines: 18

• Helicopters: 2

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



CURRENT STATUS:

North of Otter Lake, crews will prep line and conduct a small burn out

operation (if fuels and weather conditions are right) along the rim to

contain a section of concentrated heat.


Heavy machinery plans to complete line construction today southwest of

Hoodoo Pass and along Forest Service Trail 6410, northbound. The

remainder of the line into the West Fork Madison River will be completed

by hand crews. These lines will serve as the basis for future burnout

operations to contain the fire on the western flank.


Crews continue to "mop-up" residual heat along the north, east and south

sides of the fire.


Crews are systematically conducting isolated burn-out operations in block

sections within the Meridian Creek drainage. A helicopter will assist

ground crews with bucket drops in this area, where the fire has been

active in heavy timber.



WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR:

The fire received 0.2 inches of precipitation yesterday afternoon. Weather

stations tracking additional amounts overnight were down for unknown

reasons.


A cold front will approach the fire area today, bringing stronger winds and

afternoon thunderstorms. Erratic wind gusts could reach up to 50 mph. A

Fire Weather Watch will be in effect tomorrow. Drier air will move in

behind this front, with higher temperatures and relative humidity in the

low teens.


Although the fire received measurable precipitation last night, fuel

moisture values are still unseasonably low. Minimal fire activity is

expected today, with a burn period of 2-3 hours. Most activity will occur

around noon with some torching in the heavy timber.


With sunny skies and lower relative humidity starting Friday, 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: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices. The

Forest will monitor and re-evaluate the closure area, shrinking the

boundary as conditions become safe to do so. Fire-weakened trees are

susceptible to winds and pose a threat to firefighters and the public.


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.




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