Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709
BOISE, Idaho, August 27, 2017 The Bearskin Fire, burning in lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir, has grown to 476 acres and is moving east toward National Forest System road 563 and slowly backing to the west. A hundred personnel are fighting the fire.
Firefighters are successfully meeting management goals by continuing to remove roadside vegetation along National Forest System (NFS) roads 579 and 591, the Deer Flat Campground and around and Idaho Power weather station. The Deer Flat Campground south of NFS road 579 has been closed for public safety. Old fire scars to the east and south of the fire are slowing the fire’s progress.
Weather conditions continue to be warm and dry with maximum temperature ranging from 73 to 86 degrees. Temperatures are expected to increase. Wind speeds are light and less than 8 mph. Thunderstorms with little moisture are forecast for Tuesday.
The fire is actively burning through dead and down fuel along with tree torching and short crown runs through flammable forested stands. Full suppression strategies of confine and point protection tactics continue to be used to address concerns for firefighter safety and the lack of available resources.
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.
With limited resources and Incident Management Teams (IMTs) committed to large fires across the west, a small National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) Team is arriving in Boise, Idaho, Aug. 29 to assist the forest’s Type 3 IMT with developing a longer-term strategy to suppress the fire burning in bug kill and snags. NIMO teams increase capacity in the same manner as IMTs and provide additional support in planning, decision processes and efficient and effective agency support.
Bearskin Fire Information: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5536/
For all closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices