Cottonwood Gulch Fire Update 10-16-2015

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Update 10-16-2015

***This will be the last update for the Cottonwood Gulch Fire***

Date: October 16, 2015    Time of Update: 16:00

Media Contact: Kerry O’Connell 406-539-2559

Date and Time of Ignition: October 11, 2015, 11:15 AM

Jurisdiction: Gallatin County Rural Fire and Gallatin River Ranch Fire

Cause: Human-caused

Size: 8,300 acres

Containment: 100%

Structures Burned: 1 outbuilding

Over the last two days, the Type 4 management organization used five Forest Service engine crews to locate and cool hot spots in the fire area. Crews spent particular attention to the perimeter of the fire. A dozer and excavator completed rehab of the dozer line on the northern edge of the fire today.

The fire is now in patrol status. Residents in the area will not see engines on the fire. Instead, one or two focused patrols will be done during the heat of the day throughout the weekend. Engine crews will be called if needed to cool hot spots where needed. Residents should expect to see smoke from the interior of the fire until a wetting rain or snow. Northwestern Energy will continue to have crews in the area completing repairs on their damaged power poles.

Many thanks go out to all the agencies who responded, the outcome of this fire could have been much different if not for their quick response. The cooperation of the landowners and residents in the area was a huge help to all of the firefighters working on the fire. We appreciate the efforts and cooperation of all those involved.

Cooperating Agencies: Bridger Canyon Fire, Fort Ellis Fire, Central Valley Fire, Bozeman Fire, Manhattan Fire, Rae and Sourdough Fire, Gallatin Gateway Fire, Amsterdam Fire, Clarkston Fire, Three Forks Fire, Willow Creek Fire, Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County GIS, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, Montana DNRC, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Helena National Forest, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Northwestern Energy, Phillips 66/Yellowstone Pipeline.

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