Goose Fire Update 07/24/2021

Size: 7,262

Percent Completion: 49%

Cause: Lightning

Resources Assigned:

• Total personnel: 194

• Engines: 10

• Helicopters: 2

• Hand crews: 2 type 2 crews.



CURRENT STATUS:

A suppression module of ten firefighters accessed the Meridian Creek

drainage by way of Forest Service Trail #8395 to spread out and lessen

fuels where the fire is progressing. This will help to slow the fire's

intensity and growth in the area. A helicopter assisted with bucket drops

yesterday and will do so again today. Crews continue to systematically

conduct isolated burn-out operations in block sections in this drainage.


Crews will likely complete handline to the West Fork Madison River from

Forest Service Trail #6410 today, connecting the section of line started

southwest of Hoodoo Pass. This line will serve as the basis for future

burnout operations to contain the fire on the western flank. Crews

continue to monitor the fire's activity and "mop-up" residual heat along all

flanks of the fire.


Demobilization of excess resources will occur over the next few days; some

resources are being reassigned to assist with other incidents in the region.



WEATHER AND FIRE BEHAVIOR:

Overnight relative humidity recovery in the 40% range will likely result in

an earlier and longer burn period today. Wind speeds and relative

humidity are both expected to be in the low teens today. Critically dry

conditions are expected to persist through the weekend. Wind speeds will

be less, but dry air remains. Thunderstorms are expected early next week.


Abundant drift smoke from the Dixie Fire in California provided a shading

effect for the Goose Fire yesterday, dampening fire activity. That smoke

has drifted to the north; more radiant solar heat will be present today.

Fuel moisture values are still unseasonably low, which may lead to burning

in fuels (like sage, grass and younger lodgepole pine) that were unavailable

to burn earlier in the week.


The fire is expected to grow in the drainage along Two Drink Springs;

however, it will likely not move up the ridge in the next few days due to

an avalanche chute in the area. Heavy fuels will continue to smolder, with

crown runs unlikely. Spotting distance of less than 1/4 mile is predicted.

The duff layers and stump holes will continue to hold heat, requiring

extensive mop-up.



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 2 FIRE RESTRICTIONS:

The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest has implemented Stage 2 Fire

Restrictions. All campfires and stove fires (including charcoal barbecues

and grills) will be prohibited. These restrictions also affect smoking and

the use of various internal combustion engines.




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