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Growth on the Bridger Foothills fire remained stable Monday as cool weather moved into the area, bringing a mix of rain and snow to the fire throughout the afternoon.

There wasn’t much acreage change Monday, providing crews an opportunity to mop up and extinguish embers while creating fuel breaks along the fire’s borders, said Mariah Leuschen-Lonergan, spokesperson for the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

By Monday afternoon, rain and snow were accumulating over the fire, according to the Custer Gallatin National Forest’s Facebook page. Temperatures are projected to remain cool Tuesday, with a high of 50 degrees and a low of 28 degrees Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

The fire, which started Friday, had burned 7,140 acres and resulted in the evacuation of at least 200 people as of Monday afternoon. The fire is not contained, according to the Forest Service.

Leuschen-Lonergan said Monday was a reprieve from the growth of the fire over the weekend. The Gallatin Valley’s first hard frost was also projected for Monday night, she said.

But it’s not expected to last.

“We expect by the end of the week temperatures to be back to 80 degrees or higher,” she said. “So we’re taking advantage of the weather to get some good work done.”

Fire crews are continuing to construct hand line along the southwest edge and assess house and structure damage, Leuschen-Lonergan said.

The reprieve also comes as a new crew arrives to assume management of the fire. A Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire Monday morning. Type 1 teams are national resources deployed to the most complex of wildfires.

Some evacuation orders were lifted late Monday. The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office announced that residents of Kelly Canyon, Moffit Gulch and of the Jackson Creek area between Interstate 90 and Laughing Horse Lane can return home. 

Kelly Canyon Road is now open to the intersection with Bridger Canyon Road. Jackson Creek Road is open to Laughing Horse Lane. 

Bridger Canyon Road is still closed from Brass Lantern Court — just west of the "M" trailhead — to Brackett Creek Road. 

The fire started Friday afternoon. It had burned 7,140 acres and resulted in the evacuation of at least 200 people as of Monday afternoon. The fire is not contained, according to the Forest Service.

Houses and structures have been destroyed but fire officials have not released the extent of the damage, saying assessments are ongoing.

A fire relief fund for people impacted by the fire was launched on Monday.

The Bridger Foothills Fire Relief Fund was created by the Southwest Montana Community Organizations Active in Disaster, Greater Gallatin United Way and One Valley Community Foundation. Funding will be directed to individuals affected by the fire and agencies providing support to fire efforts.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office reported it had received large donations of water, Gatorade and snacks to “last the entire projected life of the fire.” The agency encouraged residents to start funneling financial donations to the relief fund.

Residents who evacuated were temporarily allowed into their homes until noon on Monday. They were required to provide proof of address. Stone Creek to Brackett Creek remained closed.

Residents affected by the fire and seeking assistance can call the 211 hotline for help, Leuschen-Lonegran said.

Roads and trails in the Bridgers and Bangtails remain closed, according to the Forest Service.

There are 160 people assigned to the fire, including smokejumpers, two hotshot crews and four hand crews. Air tankers, seven helicopters, 11 engines and four water tenders are also at the fire.

Midway through Monday, the air quality in Bozeman took a dive. Around noon it went from a “good” category to bordering on “unhealthy” and “unhealthy for sensitive groups,” according to the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.

This story was updated at 8:30 p.m. Monday to reflect the lifting of some evacuation orders.

Correction: An earlier version misstated the ongoing closure of Bridger Canyon Road. It is closed from Brass Lantern Court — just west of the "M" trailhead — to Brackett Creek Road. 

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Liz Weber can be reached at lweber@dailychronicle.com or 582-2633.