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Bernard Fire

Unit Information

Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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Incident Contact

Kary Maddox
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: Mon-Sun 0900-2000

Highlighted Activity

09/25/2020 Bernard Fire Update - Sept. 25, 2020
Inciweb: Incident Commander: Rod Weeks, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team Fire Information: 208-557-8813   Location:  Near Bernard Peak, overlooking..
News - 09/25/2020
Bernard Fire shows how fires often leave patches of burned and unburned vegetation.Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Bernard Fire was detected on 7 September, 2020, rapidly burning in brush and timber up the steep slope from Echo Bay to Bernard Peak. Very strong northerly winds created wind-driven fire behavior into the evening. Since then, winds have been relatively calm and fire behavior can be described as mostly creeping and smoldering with occasional torching of trees. Rock outcrops and other natural barriers have helped stop the fire's spread, particularly on the eastern edge.  No evacuations have been necessary and no structures have been destroyed, although the small community of Lakeview was threatened. Fire control efforts have included structure protection and a shaded fuel break constructed between Lakeview and the fire.  Roads and trails in the fire vicinity have been closed to protect firefighter and public safety. See the closures and maps tabs for information on the September 9th area closure.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman Caused - Under Investigation
Date of OriginMonday September 07th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM
Incident CommanderRyan Wagner - IC4
Coordinates47.946 latitude, -116.51 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel30
Size1,375 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained75%
Fuels Involved

Timber and brush


Planned Actions

The fire has been checked around its perimeter. Progress on containment, combined with minimal fire behavior, has resulted in the fire’s complexity being downgraded. Rodney Weeks' Type 3 Team turned the fire over to Ryan Wagner, Type 4 Incident Commander, at 6:00 a.m. Saturday, 9/26/20.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The fire received wetting rain all day yesterday. Today's weather: Mostly sunny and cool with a slight chance of showers. Sunday through Friday are expected to be clear or partly cloudy with a gradual warming and drying trend continuing through the week.