The Bacon Rind Fire slowly expands as a tree spot torches.A smoke column from the 412-acre Bacon Rind Fire rises above Highway 191 on the afternoon of July 31. The Bacon Rind Fire can be seen smoldering in the distance beyond one of the information boards along Highway 191. The latest map of the Bacon Rind Fire

Community meeting scheduled for Bacon Rind Fire

Custer Gallatin National Forest just announced a community meeting scheduled for Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Community Protestant Church, 505 N. Electric St., in West Yellowstone. 

Fire managers will give a short overview and update of the Bacon Rind Fire.

The fire still can be spotted from Highway 191, but it’s a pretty sleepy scene down there just over 20 miles south of Big Sky. 

Smoke may be visible from Highway 191, but it is not threatening the road at this time. The fire managers ask motorists to please be cautious when driving along the road and only stop in designated pullouts. There could be times that smoke will lay down along the road, so use caution. It currently is not threatening any structures.

“Due to hazardous, heavy, dead and down timber, as well as many standing dead trees, fire managers are not putting firefighters on the ground at this time,” reports a recent posting on the InciWeb fire information site. “They will be looking for opportunities to engage the fire if it makes its way toward Highway 191 and private inholdings to the north.”

—DM

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