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Bearskin Fire

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Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
1249 S. Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709

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9-1-2017 Bearskin Fire Prompts Closures in the Deadwood Reservoir Area

Bearskin Fire Wildfire
News – 9/1/2017

BOISE, Idaho, September 1, 2017 – The 12,000 acre lightening caused Bearskin Fire continues to burn in the northern end of Bear Valley in the Lowman Ranger District.

The Bearskin Fire area closure is being expanded to protect firefighter and public safety, and now includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds in the vicinity. The eastern boundary of the closure extends from the west side of the NFS Road 582 to the boundary of the Emmett Ranger District, south to the Valley County line and north to the junction of NFS 582 and NFS road 579. The northern boundary of the closure follows the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness boundary to the Lowman-Cascade District boundary and then turns west to Rice Peak and the intersection of the Lowman, Cascade and Emmett Ranger District Boundaries. The NFS Road 582 itself remains open. For closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices

The fire is actively burning in lodgepole pine and sub-alpine fir stands heavy with dead and down trees from past insect infestations. It is making short crown runs, spreading upslope and spotting continues ahead of the fire. The fire is moving northeast into the fire scars of the 2010 Beaver Complex Fire.

A strengthening high pressure system will return hot and dry conditions to the entire west through Labor Day weekend, with temperatures back in the upper 90’s by Sunday with generally light winds.

Firefighters are providing point protection by removing vegetation around Bearskin and Idaho Power weather stations, Deadwood Outfitters facilities, Deer Flat campground and the Elk Creek Guard station.

The lightning caused Boulder Fire started Wednesday afternoon, and is located 4 miles northeast of Idaho City. With retardant applications, water bucket drops and the support of two crews, the fire grew little on Thursday. The 10 acres fire is 50% contained; full containment is estimated by the end of today. Off road vehicles users should avoid riding on National Forest System roads 357 and 329 due to heavy fire traffic. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place. http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/ew/scale7/tile_14_18.html

Campers at any of the Deadwood Reservoir Campgrounds that made their reservations online should contact https://www.recreation.gov/ or call Toll Free 1-877-444-6777. Campers who paid cash on site need to contact the Lowman Ranger Station Recreation staff for camping vouchers (208-259-3361 x7553).

The Forest has Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in place. For fire restriction details visit: www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html

For current closure information: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-notices