Bozeman, MT - Wildland fire activity continued today across the Gallatin National Forest with crews responding to the Contact and Swan Campground Fires and assisting Gallatin County on the Trail Creek Fire. All other fires on the Gallatin Forest, with the exception of the Bozeman Creek Fire are contained. The Bozeman Creek Fire continues being closely monitored for residual hotspots.
Location and size: Yellowstone Ranger District: T4S, R13E, Section 17, about ¼ acre
Resources Assigned: 5 firefighting personnel on-scene
Current Status: Fire burning in heavy vegetation, primarily subalpine fir forest; 50% contained at this time.
Swan Creek Campground - 100% contained and controlled this evening
Location and size: Swan Creek Campground, 1/10th acre
Current Status: Campground picnic table set on fire with fire spreading to surrounding vegetation. One Big Sky Rural Fire District engine and 3 Forest Service firefighting personnel are on scene.
Stage I Fire Restrictions remain in place across the Gallatin National Forest with the exception of the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf Wilderness Areas. Stage I Fire Restrictions require that Forest visitors build, maintain, attend or use a fire or campfire in a stove. Campfires and charcoal fires are allowed only at developed or designated recreation sites or campgrounds in an agency provided metal fire ring. Fires fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels may be used anywhere on National Forest System lands during Stage I Fire Restrictions. Additionally, under Stage I Fire Restrictions smoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least three feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable materials. Additional specific information can be found by visiting www.firerestrictions.us, www.fs.usda.gov/gallatin, www.fs.usda.gov/custer or by calling your local ranger district office.