Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709
BOISE, Idaho, August 25, 2017 Fire crews have responded to a new fire approximately 21 miles northeast of Lowman, Idaho. The 93-acre Bearskin Fire is burning in remote, rugged terrain littered with dead and down timber amongst lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir. Both tree species are highly flammable and carry fire easily.
Fire officials are using a confine and point protection strategy addressing concerns for firefighter safety and the lack of resources already committed to large fires, many of which are threatening communities. Nationally wildfire preparedness is at level 5.
Confinement strategies restrict the wildfire within determined boundaries with a combination of direct and indirect actions applied. Point protection is a response strategy to protect specific assets or highly valued resources. "This fire has the potential to burn hot and move quickly," said Mike Feiger, Acting Lowman District Ranger. "We want to keep firefighters safe and use the right tools to suppress this wildfire." The lightning caused fire is not threatening any structures.
The fire is within close proximity to the 2016 Pioneer and Buck Fires. Old fire scars will be used to slow the fire's progress. Fire crews are removing vegetation along roads to slow the fire spread and protect values at risk.
Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in place and visitors should drive with caution as firefighting traffic increases. The fire area is closed to all access for public safety however, National Forest System roads remain open. The order will remain in effect until Nov. 15, 2017, unless rescinded earlier by the Forest Supervisor. For specific Information about Closure Order 0402-05-67, visit: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices