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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 Evening Update

Bear Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/29/2020

Bear Creek Fire Information Fact Sheet

August 29, 2020 8:00 p.m. 
NEW Phone Number:  406-683-3984 (Hours 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

DATE OF DETECTION:  Tuesday, August 11, 2020

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  11,728 acres

CONTAINMENT:  80%

LOCATION:   Lemhi Pass area (29 miles east of Salmon, Idaho)

JURISDICTION:  Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

COOPERATING AGENCIES:  Beaverhead County (MT), Lemhi County (ID), BLM, Montana DNRC, Salmon-Challis National Forest

PERSONNEL AND RESOURCES ON THE FIRE:  Resources officially assigned to the fire include two helicopters, one Type 2 IA crew, and 71 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. 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.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews focused efforts on mopping-up and securing the line on the northwest corner of the fire, where the fire was somewhat active under the Red Flag conditions. Gusty winds resulted in short crown runs and active backing fire on the surface of the ground. Nearly all activity was interior to the constructed firelines; however, crews located one spot outside the line but were successful in suppressing it with assistance from a helicopter. 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.

TOMORROW’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR:  The Red Flag Warning is in effect through midnight tonight. Winds gusting to 30 mph are expected to continue as the dry cold front passes through the area. No precipitation is expected. The breezy conditions could result in poor relative humidity recovery overnight. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for cooler temperatures, with relative humidity around 20%. Fire behavior is expected to be low to moderate, with potential for single tree torching, minimal smoldering along the edges, and burn-out of pockets of larger fuels interior to the fireline. 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. Monday’s forecast calls for much cooler temperatures and precipitation.

TOMORROW’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.

SPECIAL CONCERNS & CLOSURES: Public and firefighter safety concerns are the top priority. 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.

The Lemhi Pass Road is OPEN.

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