Bearskin Fire

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Bearskin Fire

CLOSURE

9-15-2017 Bearskin Fire Closure Reduced - Version #4
The Bearskin Fire area closure on the Boise and Salmon Challis National Forest has been reduced significantly due to a decrease in fire activity. The change in the closure opens more than 80,000... more

INCIDENT UPDATED 2 DAYS AGO

Approximate Location

44.388 latitude, -115.527 longitude

Incident Overview

Bearskin Fire PIO Map on Sept. 11

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Acres: 30,144 Acres
Containment: 10 percent
Personnel: 115
Resources assigned: 4 crews, 4 engines, 1 water tender, 1 NIMO Team

Most work on the Bearskin Fire was completed by the end of shift Saturday and most resources will be off the fire by tonight in advance of an expected cold front. Only a small workforce of local engines and crews will remain after today, actively engaged in mop-up and monitoring to ensure the fire does not escape containment and to conduct firing operations if needed. Smoke may linger for weeks, and even flare up, as interior hot spots ignite.

Weather was warm and dry Saturday and that is expected to continue for one more day. A cold front will arrive Monday and from 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected between then and Wednesday.

Operations Section Chief John Giller says today, three engines will be working along County Road 579 on the west side of the fire, focusing on an area that showed a little activity late Saturday. The east side of the fire is quiet and in patrol status.

All the suppression repair work is done - suppression repair restores areas on the landscape that have been damaged by the work of equipment and crews fighting the fire. Backhaul will continue today, returning truckloads of equipment used on the fire like pumps and hoses, to the local district.

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) which has been managing the fire since Sept. 11 will transfer command to a local Incident Commander Monday morning at 6 a.m. As NIMO prepares to demobilize (leave the incident), leadership attention will be focused on the firefighters, both hand crews and engines, as operational responsibility is transferred to the District. This ensures continuity of tasks and keeps firefighter safety first and foremost.

For Forest Closure Orders and maps visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices Scroll down to Lowman Ranger District Closures: Bearskin Area Closure Reduced – Version #4.

Stage 1 fire restrictions were lifted effective 12:01 a.m. Sept. 17. To view the order https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning
Date of OriginWednesday August 23rd, 2017 approx. 07:30 PM
Location21 miles NE of Lowman, Idaho - located in Valley County
Incident CommanderM Quesinberry
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel115
Size30,144 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained10%
Estimated Containment DateSunday October 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Dead and down subalpine fir and lodgepole habitat.

Significant Events

Observed fire behavior is low. single tree torching

Outlook

Planned Actions

Most work on the Bearskin Fire was completed by the end of shift Saturday and most resources will be off the fire by tonight in advance of an expected cold front. Only a small workforce of local engines and crews will remain after today, actively engaged in mop-up and monitoring to ensure the fire does not escape containment and to conduct firing operations if needed. Smoke may linger for weeks, and even flare up, as interior hot spots ignite.

Projected Incident Activity

Minimal fire activity expected due to cooler temperatures and increased moisture over the fire

Remarks

As NIMO prepares to demobilize (leave the incident), leadership attention will be focused on the firefighters, both hand crews and engines, as operational responsibility is transferred to the District.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Weather was warm and dry Saturday and that is expected to continue for one more day. A cold front will arrive Monday and from 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected between then and Wednesday.

Unit Information

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Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way Suite 200
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709
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Venetia Gempler
Phone: 208-373-4105
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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