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Bear Creek Fire

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

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Bear Creek Fire Update August 30,2020 Evening Update

Bear Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/30/2020


August 30, 2020   8:00 p.m.

                                          Phone Number:   406-683-3984


                                                                                                                              (Hours:  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

DATE OF DETECTION:  Tuesday, August 11, 2020

CAUSE:  Lightning

CURRENT SIZE:  11,900 acres


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 and 46 total personnel. Demobilization of resources no longer needed will continue as the organization is downsized.

Northern Rockies Team 5 will officially transfer command of the fire back to the local Forest (Incident Commander Dave Paden) on Monday, August 31st at 6:00 a.m. This will be the last Fire Information Fact Sheet from NR Team 5.

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 yesterday. On the northern, southern, and eastern flanks, crews and heavy equipment completed suppression repair and rehabilitation, pulling back berms, installing water bars, smoothing out the constructed firelines, and back-hauling equipment and supplies no longer needed.

WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR:  The forecast calls for much cooler temperatures and precipitation, with a chance of snow at the higher elevations tomorrow night. 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. The area will see a return to warmer, drier, and breezy conditions on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

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. Helicopters will be available to assist with bucket drops, if needed.

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.

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