Cottonwood Gulch Fire Evening Update 10-14-2015

Cottonwood Gulch Fire Evening Update 10-14-2015

***The next update will be Friday, October 16, 2015***

Date: October 14, 2015    Time of Update: 17:00

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

Crews continued mop-up today and most resources were released from the fire. The management organization will transition from a Type 3 organization to a smaller Type 4. Five Forest Service engine crews will remain on the fire on Thursday and Friday to cool any hot spots left on the fire. A dozer and excavator will be working on the rehab of the dozer line on the northern perimeter of the fire. Smoke could be visible from the interior of the fire.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has investigated the cause of the fire. The fire was accidentally started by a landowner’s vehicle. There will be no criminal charges requested through the County Attorney’s Office.

Interagency cooperation resulted in the successful containment of this fire. Many thanks go out to all the agencies who responded. The cooperation of the many landowners and residents in the area was a huge help to all of the firefighters working on the fire.

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, DNRC, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Helena National Forest, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

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