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.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Human Caused - Under Investigation|
|Date of Origin||Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM|
|Incident Commander||Ryan Wagner - IC4|
|Coordinates||47.946 latitude, -116.51 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||75%|
Timber and brush
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.
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.