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Bear Creek Fire

Unit Information

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

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Fire Update August 29, 2020

Bear Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/29/2020

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:  Resources officially assigned to the fire include two helicopters, one Type 2 IA crew, and 99 total personnel. Demobilization of resources no longer needed will continue as the organization is downsized. Those resources will travel to home units or be available for reassignment to other fires.

YESTERDAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews mopped-up and held the northwest corner of the fire, where a small amount of residual heat exists. This area saw a slight increase in acreage, where green pockets of fuel interior to the fireline burned out yesterday afternoon. On the northern, southern, and eastern flanks, crews and heavy equipment completed suppression repair and rehabilitation, pulling back berms and smoothing out the constructed firelines and back-hauling equipment and supplies no longer needed.

TODAY’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR:  There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for this afternoon through this evening. The forecast calls for slightly warmer and drier conditions, prior to the passage of a dry cold front this evening and into early Sunday. Winds are expected to gust up to 30 mph. No precipitation is expected. Fire behavior is expected to be low to moderate, with potential for isolated torching, smoldering along the edges, and interior burn-out of larger fuels. In the Bear Creek drainage and previously burned out areas, there is still potential for residual heat and fire activity, given the influence of predicted breezy winds.

TODAY’S PLANNED ACTIVITY:  All remaining resources will mop-up hot spots, patrol the line, and complete suppression repair and rehabilitation on the northwest corner of the fire. Two helicopters will be available to assist with bucket drops, if needed. Gusty winds could limit air operations as the cold front enters the fire area. Northern Rockies Team 5 will officially transfer command of the fire back to the local Forest on Monday, August 31st at 6:00 a.m.

SPECIAL CONCERNS: Public and firefighter safety concerns are the top priority. The fire is burning in timber/heavy fuels. These fuels will continue to dry out with low relative humidity. The area provides poor access and there is a lack of water in the immediate area of the fire. Crews will work to protect cultural and natural resources and other values at risk.

CLOSURES:  Refer to the “Closures” and “Photos” tabs of the Inciweb site for narrative descriptions and maps of all agency closures. Hunters should check Inciweb and/or call for closure information and maps.

Officials have lifted the Lemhi Pass Road closure, effective this morning.

Area closures are still in effect; agencies are meeting to discuss any modifications and/or rescissions for the near future.

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