Goldstone Fire Update

Contact(s): Leona Rodreick


Fire Danger Level for the Dillon Dispatch Center Zone is Very High

Goldstone Fire, Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Salmon Challis National Forests

The lightning caused Goldstone Fire was detected on August 2. The fire started burning in a high elevation basin near Goldstone Pass, located approximately five miles west of Reservoir Lake or twelve miles south of Jackson MT in the Park Creek drainage in the Bitterroot Mountains, on the Montana and Idaho state border. It is in steep mountainous terrain and is burning in heavy mixed conifer fuels (sub-alpine fir, Engleman Spruce, lodgepole pine) with very heavy concentrations of standing dead trees (snags). This fire is being suppressed using confine contain strategies utilizing both direct and indirect tactics while providing for firefighter safety. The fire is 0% contained.  There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area. For more information on TFR’s go online to http://tfr.faa.gov

With the passage of the cold front yesterday, the fire was very active and grew significantly. The fire experienced sustained winds of over 40 mph causing spotting to occur out in front of the fire. The wind driven fire moved in a southeasterly direction into Park Creek and is less than a mile from the Bloody Creek Cabin and Reservoir Lake campground.  The fire also actively burned into Idaho.

Today fire personnel will be assessing the current fire perimeter, checking for potential hotspots outside the main perimeter, and developing future suppression strategies. An order has been placed for a Type 2 team. 

Closure Order #2017-D1-010 is being rescinded and a new closure order is pending. The temporary re-route for the CDT will be changed. The Reservoir Lake campground and Bloody Dick cabin are closed.  For more information contact the Dillon Ranger District (406) 683-3900.

A community meeting is planned for tomorrow night, August 13, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Volunteer Fire Department in Jackson, MT.

Additional Information:

Fire personnel are working to assess areas where lightning activity was high to determine if there are any new wildfires.  As these new fires are detected, fire managers will develop a strategy to suppress these fires.

Fire Weather: 
FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MDT THIS EVENING for Deerlodge/West Beaverhead and East Beaverhead

Idaho: A cooler air mass will settle over central Idaho today. Temperatures will be 10-15 degrees cooler resulting in some higher Relative Humidities .Expect some increase in winds this afternoon behind the exiting cold  front, especially on ridges and areas exposed to a west-northwest wind. Montana: Southwest Montana, especially the Beaverhead NF will experience strong gusty southwest to west winds with isolated showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Expect continued hot temperatures and low relative humidities in the Beaverhead Deerlodge. Otherwise a cooler air mass will settle across northwest and west central Montana today. Temperatures will be 10-15 degrees cooler resulting in higher relative humidities. It will become windy this afternoon, especially on ridges and areas favorable for a west wind. For up to date fire weather forecasts for southwest Montana, go online to https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/fire2/?zone=MTZ110&zonelist=Go&wfo=mso&interface=fwzones

Preparedness Level: The nation is currently at a Planning Level Five (PL5).  PL5 indicates that there is large fire activity occurring in multiple geographic areas and a heavy commitment of crews, aircraft, and equipment to these incidents, along with a forecast for continued hot, dry, windy conditions.  During PL5, as fires grow and additional resources are needed, it can take longer for resources to be assigned to a fire due to the limited number of available.  The Northern Rockies Geographic Area   (MT, Northern ID, and North Dakota) and the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest is at a Planning Level Three (PL3). PL3 indicates mobilization of resources nationally is required to sustain incident management operations in active Geographic Areas (GA's).

Fire restrictions are not in effect on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, however, people are encouraged to keep informed of other area restrictions by going online to https://firerestrictions.us.

Fire Activity and Smoke: Currently, there are 57 uncontained large fires in the nation, which are filtering smoke into the valleys of Montana.  You can find information about these fires on Inciweb at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.  Further information on smoke can be found from the MT Department of Environmental Quality’s web page at http://bit.ly/wildfiresmokereport.

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