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Bridger Foothills Fire near Bozeman at 7,100 acres

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Posted at 8:05 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 10:05:33-04

BOZEMAN — The Bridger Foothills Fire burning near Bozeman grew to 7,100 acres as of Sunday night, according to Inciweb.

There are now 140 personnel assigned to the fire with 0% containment.

Bridger Canyon Road is closed from Story Mill to Sedan and evacuations are in effect for Kelly Canyon, Jackson Creek and all of Bridger Canyon.

Meanwhile, Moffitt Gulch, Quinn Creek, O’Rea Creek, Willow Creek, Fleshman Creek, Stone Creek, Skunk Creek and Brackett Creek under evacuation warnings.

Evacuated Bridger Canyon residents will temporarily be allowed to return to their residences on Monday between 8 a.m. and noon.

Full details of requirements and rules for residents can be found here.

According to the Inciweb update, minimal fire activity, mainly on the northeast flank of the fire, occurred on Sunday.

Firefighters were able to assess structures and continue to provide structure protection where the fire went through on Saturday and ensure embers around houses were extinguished.

Direct handline was constructed along the heel of the fire, on the southwestern edge of the fire.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and Structure protection on the fire has confirmed structures have been impacted and lost. Follow-up with homeowners is being done as soon as possible.

Those wanting to donate in support of fire relief efforts can find a list of options here.

The cause of the Bridger Foothills Fire remains under investigation.