Fire crews are making progress on the Cottonwood Gulch Fire that has been burning north of Manhattan since Sunday. The fire is now 80% contained and only 1 structure (outbuilding) has been burned. Here is the latest info on the fire from the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office:


Cause: Human-caused, under investigation

Jurisdiction: Gallatin County Rural Fire

Size: 8,300 acres

Containment: 80%

People Assigned to the Fire: 78

Resources Assigned to the Fire: 3 helicopters, 12 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 20-person hand crew

Injuries Reported: 0

Residences Currently Threatened: 3

Structures Burned: 1 outbuilding

Planned Activities for Wednesday: Crews will continue to secure line and mop-up the perimeter of the fire. Unless conditions change, most resources will be released from the fire tomorrow evening.

Cooperating Agencies: Bridger Canyon Fire, Fort Ellis Fire, Central Valley Fire, Bozeman Fire, Manhattan Fire, Rae and Sourdough Fire, Gallatin Gateway Fire, Amsterdam Fire, Three Forks Fire, Gallatin River Ranch Fire, Willow Creek Fire, Gallatin County 911, Gallatin County Road and Bridge Department, Gallatin County Emergency Management, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, DNRC, Custer Gallatin National Forest, Helena National Forest, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest