30.6 mi
NNW of Butte, MT
2 weeksago
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
26 mins, 22 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:33 AM MDT
Heavy Timber
Dispatch Notes:
91+ acres// t3 working the area// structures within a couple of miles
Primary Fire Agency

US Forest Service — Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 9 hours, 3 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Goat Fire

For Immediate Release:  

Transition of Command to B-D

Aug 4, 2021 

Location: The fire is located 11 miles NE of Philipsburg  

Cause: Lightning

Percent Contained: 0%

Date Reported:  July 17, 2021

Size: 212 acres  

Fuel: Timber and Brush

Philipsburg, MT – Gusty ridgetop winds accompanied by isolated storms and poor relative humidity recovery over the next 24 hours may challenge resources, however, Thursday should bring a welcome cloud cover and increase in relative humidity that may help progress suppression tactics. An infrared flight this morning recorded heat signatures on the northwest edge of the fire, resources are remaining vigilant. Dozer line construction continues to serve as an effective suppression tactic. Crews have completed repair on a bridge in Finley Basin, and continue to work on hazard tree removal for safe access to and from the fire. As of this morning, Incident Command has transitioned from Zach Saavedra to Jerod Russell and will continue to be managed as a Type Three Incident with full suppression tactics by utilizing a combination of point protection, confine/contain, and monitoring.

The area surrounding the Goat Fire is under a closure order, if you don’t need to access the area PLEASE DON’T!  Due to safety concerns, each time the public accesses the area firefighting operations must pause for both public and firefighter safety thereby delaying the suppression of the fire. 

Beaverhead - Deerlodge National Forest Goat Fire Closure Order: https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd935606.pdf 

The 212-acre Goat Fire continues to challenge firefighters due to its steep, rugged terrain and difficult access.  

The fire started July 17, by lightning within the Flint Mountain Range, and was detected through satellite imagery.  

Additional Fire Information and Links:  

Smoke: Northwesterly flow will continue to push smoke from Canada and Idaho over the area throughout the week, leaving air quality conditions at a moderate to unhealthy level. An Air Quality Alert is still in effect, and significant improvements are not expected in the near future. Wildfire smoke information can be found at - https://svc.mt.gov/deq/todaysair/smokemostrecentupdate.aspx 

Fire Restrictions: Stage II restrictions are in effect on the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest - https://www.fs.usda.gov/bdnf 

Goat Fire Public Information Phone: (406) 290-3603 

Goat Fire Email: 2021.goat@firenet.gov 

Goat Fire Information Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/goatfireinfo  

InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7694/ 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:30 AM MDT
11 Miles Northeast of Philipsburg, MT
Incident Commander:
Jerod Russell Pintler District FMO Type Three Team
46.379, -113.071

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday, October 1, 2021 12:00 AM MDT
Fuels Involved:
Timber (Litter and Understory) consisting of Sub-Alpine Fir, Old Growth Douglas Fir. In addition Brush (2ft)
Significant Events:
Minimal fire behavior Backing creeping and flanking fire is primary mode of fire spread

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Crews continue to cut access roads to allow access for suppression modules and mop up on the Northwest side of the fire in an attempt to prevent progression into Granite Creek.
Projected Incident Activity:
Due to cooler temperatures, fire growth and activity resulted in minimal to no fire growth for the day. Late afternoon winds brought on smoldering of finer fuels and duff component of subalpine fur. The fire continues to progress to the Northwest, backing into Granite Creek.

Structure protection plans have been established for resources to implement these plans based on the identified MAPs. These plans will be initiated and implemented with the structures that are immediately vulnerable. Nearest structures are .5 miles adjacent to the fire and show possible impact with weather and fire behavior increase in the future.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
A few showers or a thunderstorm are possible this afternoon, watch for gusty outflow winds near any thunderstorms. Otherwise it will be warmer and drier this afternoon compared to
yesterday. Thunderstorm chances increase on Thursday afternoon.
Locally heavy rain will occur under the cores but the main concern is gusty outflow winds to 50 mph as storms move from southwest to northeast across the region.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Cat McRae
Email: 2021.goat@firenet.gov
Phone: 406-925-3353
Hours: Seven days a week 8am-8pm
Fire Unit Information
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

Dispatch Contact

Dillon Interagency Communication Center | Dillon, MT