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Bridger Foothills Fire sees slight growth since Sunday night

Fire grew 40 acres overnight
Firefighter extinguishing embers around structures
Posted at 10:02 AM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 12:03:45-04

The Bridger Foothills Fire grew 40 acres overnight, bringing the total size to approximately 7,140 acres.

The fire remains at zero percent containment with 160 total personnel assigned.

The morning fire report from the U.S. Forest Service said there was minimal fire activity Sunday, primarily on the north flank of the fire.

Firefighters continue work to assess structure damage and prevent reburn around homes.

Hwy 86/Bridger Canyon Road is closed from Story Mill to Sedan.

Evacuations in effect for Kelly Canyon, Jackson Creek and all of Bridger Canyon.

Moffitt Gulch, Quinn Creek, O’Rea Creek, Willow Creek, Fleshman Creek, Stone Creek, Skunk Creek and Brackett Creek are under evacuation warnings.

Evacuated Bridger Canyon residents will temporarily be allowed to return to their residences on Monday, Sept. 7 between 8 a.m. and noon.

Full details of requirements and rules for residents can be found here.

Expected weather Monday is as follows, according to the Forest Service:

"A significant cool down is expected Monday, with rain occurring over the fire area starting around 9 a.m. A mix of rain/snow is expected into the afternoon and overnight. Overnight temps will dip to 21-30 degrees and will be the first hard frost in most of the fire area. Minimal fire activity is expected Monday with weather, with a warming trend by the end of the week."

The cause of the Bridger Foothills Fire remains unknown and under investigation.