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9-17-2017 Bearskin Fire FINAL Update

Incident: Bearskin Fire Wildfire
Released: 9/17/2017


Bearskin Fire Update
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Bearskin Fire Information:

Boise National Forest Fire Information: 208-373-4105

Acres: 30,144 Acres Containment: 10 percent Personnel: 115

Resources assigned: 4 crews, 4 engines, 1 water tender, 1 NIMO Team

Most work on the Bearskin Fire was completed by the end of shift Saturday and most resources will be off the fire by tonight in advance of an expected cold front. Only a small workforce of local engines and crews will remain after today, actively engaged in mop-up and monitoring to ensure the fire does not escape containment and to conduct firing operations if needed. Smoke may linger for weeks, and even flare up, as interior hot spots ignite.

Weather was warm and dry Saturday and that is expected to continue for one more day. A cold front will arrive Monday and from 3 to 6 inches of snow is expected between then and Wednesday.

Operations Section Chief John Giller says today, three engines will be working along County Road 579 on the west side of the fire, focusing on an area that showed a little activity late Saturday. The east side of the fire is quiet and in patrol status.

All the suppression repair work is done - suppression repair restores areas on the landscape that have been damaged by the work of equipment and crews fighting the fire. Backhaul will continue today, returning truckloads of equipment used on the fire like pumps and hoses, to the local district.

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) which has been managing the fire since Sept. 11 will transfer command to a local Incident Commander Monday morning at 6 a.m. As NIMO prepares to demobilize (leave the incident), leadership attention will be focused on the firefighters, both hand crews and engines, as operational responsibility is transferred to the District. This ensures continuity of tasks and keeps firefighter safety first and foremost.

For Forest Closure Orders and maps visit: Scroll down to Lowman Ranger District Closures: Bearskin Area Closure Reduced – Version #4.

Stage 1 fire restrictions were lifted effective 12:01 a.m. Sept. 17. To view the order

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Boise National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Boise, Idaho, ID 83709

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Venetia Gempler
Phone: 208-373-4105
Hours: M-F 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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