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Bear Creek Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Phone: 406-683-3984
Hours: 0800-1800

Bear Creek Fire Closure Map Sept. 3, 2020Image options: [ Full Size ]

DATE OF DETECTION:  Tuesday, August 11, 2020

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  11,900 acres


LOCATION:   Lemhi Pass area (29 miles east of Salmon, Idaho)

JURISDICTION:  Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

COOPERATING AGENCIES:  Beaverhead County (MT), Lemhi County (ID), BLM, Montana DNRC, Salmon-Challis National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:  Resources currently assigned to the fire are 4 engines, 1 excavator, and miscellaneous crew members for a total of 46 total personnel. Demobilization of resources and equipment no longer needed will continue as the organization is downsized.   

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews are focusing efforts on mopping-up and rehabilitation, pulling back berms, smoothing out the constructed firelines and patrolling the burn area.  

TOMORROW’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR:  With the clear skies and warmer temperatures predicted over the next few day, fire activity may pick up where there is a heavy fuel load. Occasionally smoke may be visible with some burning located in the interior of the fire.

TOMORROW’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  All remaining resources will patrol the line, complete suppression repair and rehabilitation on the fire and patrol the burn area.  

SPECIAL CONCERNS & CLOSURES: Public and firefighter safety concerns are the top priority.  A new Closure Order was effective today.  Lemhi Pass Road and the CDT are open.  All other closures are still in effect. Visit our website to view the Order and a map,

Refer to the “Closures” and “Photos” tabs of the Inciweb site for narrative descriptions and maps of all agency closures. Hunters should check Inciweb and/or call for closure information and maps.

This will be the final update unless significant changes occur.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginTuesday August 11th, 2020 approx. 10:30 AM
Location29 air miles East of Salmon Idaho, South of Lemhi Pass
Incident CommanderDave Paden, Justin Bogert (T) USFS
Coordinates44.858 latitude, -113.437 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel46
Size11,900 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained85%
Estimated Containment DateFriday October 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Timber and brush

Significant Events

Low fire behavior with backing, flanking and single tree torching.


Planned Actions

Remaining resources will mop up hot spots, patrol the line, and complete suppression repair and rehabilitation.

Projected Incident Activity

Remaining resources will mop up hot spots, patrol the line, and complete suppression repair. Equipment and supplies no longer needed on the fire will be back-hauled.


A new closure was effective today. The Lemhi Pass Road and the CDT is open. This will be the final update unless significant changes occur.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Skies will begin to clear with the high a of approximately 77. SW winds will be 11-16 mph with gusts up to 23 mph.