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Bearskin Fire

Unit Information

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

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9-11-2017 Bearskin Fire Update

Bearskin Fire Wildfire
News – 9/11/2017

Acres: 28,130 Acres
Containment: 0 percent
Personnel: 115
Resources assigned: 3 crews, 2 helicopters assigned, 8 engines, 3 water tenders, 1 NIMO Team

BOISE, Idaho – Fire activity on the east side of the Bearskin Fire remains quiet. There was some spotting to the south about a quarter mile outside the main perimeter and there has been some additional growth on the north end away from Deadwood Lodge and toward the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Smoke was seen from the interior of the fire to the north and will likely continue to be visible until a weather event like rain or snow ends the season.

Crews continue to make progress chipping and have completed prep work to the intersection of Forest roads 579 and 555. Chipping continues to the south down Forest road 555 and has reached the second bridge, while engines and heavy equipment moved east along Forest road 579 removing snags. Crews are now working on a third defensive firing operation near Ross Creek, to remove fuels ahead of the fire.

Plans for Monday include continuing the chipping, prep work, snag removal and patrolling. Several Management Action Points or MAPs have been established. MAPs are clearly specified conditions that could prompt the team to modify their existing fire management actions, or trigger the implementation of new strategies and/or tactics. “Incident conditions” can refer to fire activity, smoke, weather, fuels, calendar dates, resource availability or a combination of any of these elements.

MAPs have been established for the following: if the fire spreads into fire scars in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness; if the fire reaches Elk Creek; if the fire gets established in the 2016 Pioneer Fire or 2007 Sheep Trail Fire scars; if the fire spreads across the 510 road system; or if the fire spreads west of the 555 road. MAPs do not imply any specific action will be taken; they merely mark a point at which a different management decision will be considered.

Warm and dry conditions are expected Monday with light winds. Moisture is forecast to increase Tuesday bringing wetting rains. A cold front moves through the area Thursday evening.

The Bearskin Fire area closure remains in place for public safety and includes the Deadwood Reservoir area and all the campgrounds and trails in the vicinity. The NFS road 582 through Bear Valley remains open except between the junctions of NFS roads 545 and 515 which is closed for construction. Work is expected to last into October.

All Forest Closure Orders and maps are available at:

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect on public and private lands under fire protection of the Boise National Forest, Boise BLM and State of Idaho. For specific information visit: