9-10-2017 Bearskin Fire Update
Incident: Bearskin Fire Wildfire
Acres: 27,400 Acres
Containment: 0 percent
Resources assigned: 4 crews, 1 helicopter, 9 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 NIMO Team
BOISE, Idaho, September 10, 2017 – Crews continue chipping and cutting dead trees from the Deadwood Lodge south along NFS 579 and 555. In some locations the western edge of the fire is approximately one and a half miles from the roads. The long range strategy is to clear debris along the 579 and 555 corridor to deny fuel to the fire, creating defensive positions.
Crews began defensive firing late Friday evening starting between the Deadwood Lodge and Deadwood Outfitters. Defensive firing tactics create a fire in the opposite direction toward an approaching fire, clearing fuels ahead of its path. Crews brought the defensive fire line back down to the Reeves drainage and stayed with it overnight to monitor its behavior.
Sunday’s plan is to improve the contingency line from the NFS 579 and along NFS 555 south toward the reservoir while crews are evaluating and looking for more opportunities to engage in firing operations. Resource Advisory surveys are also starting to take place in the southwest area ahead of the fire. Resource Specialists survey areas to identify possible historic sites that might be threatened by an approaching fire. Locating these sites assist fire managers develop containment and suppression plans to protect these resources.
The fire area will be warm and dry through Monday. Surface winds will be from the east Sunday morning and shifting to the west in the afternoon. Wind gusts to 20 mph are possible Sunday afternoon.
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: https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/boise/alerts-noticeserts/boise/alerts-notices
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. Campfires are only permitted in developed recreation sites with an agency approved metal fire ring. Smoking is allowed in a cleared area of at least 3 feet in diameter, in a vehicle or in a developed recreation site. For specific information visit: http://www.idahofireinfo.com/p/fire-restrictions.html