The Bacon Rind Fire, detected Friday, July 20th around 8:00 p.m. continues to burn above the Gallatin Canyon about 20 miles south of Big Sky . The fire was started from a thunderstorm that moved through the area on July 16. It is burning in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness area about two miles west Highway 191, between Bacon Rind and Snowslide Creeks.
On Monday afternoon firefighters flew the fire and estimated perimeter growth to around 150 acres. of remote wilderness. Roughly 20 acres of that perimeter is now across the Yellowstone National Park boundary. The fire continues to move around in the thick heavy dead and down fuels, but has not made any sizable runs. Falling snags continue to be a significant safety concern for firefighters.
The fire is not threatening any structures at this time and fire officials from the Custer Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone Park continue close coordination efforts.Smoke from the fire is visible from Highway 191 and poses no threat to the highway at this time. If you do see smoke from the Bacon Rind Fire please remember to stay focused on driving until you can find a safe place to pull over.