The Bridger Foothills fire destroyed 68 structures, 30 of which were homes.
Mikaela Balkind, a fire spokesperson, also said six additional homes and five other structures were damaged. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office initially reported that 28 homes were lost to the fire.
Caleb Schreiber, incident commander trainee for the fire, said during a video update Wednesday that recent windy conditions have kicked up clouds of ash above the “M” and other areas in the burn zone.
The ash clouds can look like smoke, but they aren’t associated with heat or fire spread, Schreiber said. “These events are really not a huge concern.”
A fire weather watch was set to occur Thursday. Firefighters had contained 83% of the fire’s perimeter as of Wednesday morning. Its cause was determined to be lightning.
The closure area for the fire includes all Forest Service land extending south from the Bridger Bowl Ski Area