Bear Lake Fire

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Bear Lake Fire

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Approximate Location

45.515 latitude, -113.245 longitude

Incident Overview

A new closure order went into effect yesterday Sept. 18, 2015. The new closure only restricts travel within the fire perimeter. The following trails will remain closed: FS trail 2147, from O'Dell Creek to Wyman Creek (approx. 0.75 miles), FS trail 2167, from Rabbia Creek Creek, Sec. 4T, 4S., R.13W., to junction with FS trail 3401 (approx. 1.2 miles), FS trail 3205, from junction with 2167 at Bear Creek to junction with 3197 at
Stewart Meadows (.08 miles) and FS trail 2174 (Rabbia Trail) from 1.2 miles south of junction with 2758 at the Bear Lake Fire north perimeter, to junction with 2167 (approx. 3.2 miles). If you have any questions please call the Wise River Ranger District (406) 832-3178 or the Wisdom Ranger District (406) 689-3243.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday August 20th, 2015 approx. 08:00 PM
Location12 miles SE of Wisdom Montana
Incident CommanderDave Hensen, Jonathan White (T)
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel87
Size6,443 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained80%
Fuels Involved

Timber (Litter and Understory)Closed timber litter. Medium logging slash.

Significant Events

Creeping and smoldering

There was an opportunity for drying today, but fuel conditions are not favorable for increased fire activity.


Planned Actions

Check fire from spreading west across Stewart Meadows and fire movement south across Bear Lake Meadows. Complete hazardous fuels and structure protection around the Martin Mine site. Secure Stewart Meadows. Put in water bars on the steep sections of Martin Mine Trail. Monitor fire spread to the NE across Odell Creek and take suppression actions as appropriate.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity expected. Minimal fire spread with potential for isolated torching in interior green pockets.


Local Type 3 management assumed control of the fire on September 7.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Thursday...Sunny, max temps 68-73, min humidity 15-20%, wind upslope 2-5 mph with a few gusts to 10 mph after noon.

Unit Information

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Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St Dillon Montana 59725
Dillon, MT 59725

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