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Fire Update: August 13, 2018

Goldstone Fire, Beaverhead-Deer Lodge 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). There is a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) over the fire area. For more information on TFR’s go online to

The fire is currently 3769 acres with approximately 70 resources. The fire continues to be suppressed by creating fuel breaks and hand line where possible. The fire is 0% contained. A Type 2 Incident Management Team will be assuming control of the fire August 14, 2018.

Closure Order #2017-D1-010 has been rescinded and a new closure order is pending. A temporary re-route for the Continental Divided Trail is in effect. The Reservoir Lake campground and Bloody Dick cabin are closed. For more information contact the Fire Information (406) 490-1818 or the Dillon Ranger District (406) 683-3900.

Public Meeting tonight, August 13, 2018, Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, 7:00 p.m. in Jackson, MT

Fire Weather:

Idaho: Expect seasonal temperatures with lower relative humidity today as some drier air works its way into central Idaho. Winds will be generally light and terrain driven with light southwest wind on ridges. Tuesday, high pressure will redevelop resulting in trends toward warmer temperatures and lower humidity. Winds will remain light and terrain driven. Expect hazy conditions through the middle of the week. Montana: Dry conditions and seasonal temperatures will occur today with light southwest winds with two exceptions. Areas along the continental divide, including west Glacier NF can expect a light east wind today. The Beaverhead-Deer Lodge NF will experience some light to moderate northeast wind this afternoon. High pressure will redevelop over the region Tuesday resulting in warmer temperatures, lower humidity and mainly terrain driven winds.

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