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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 31, 2020

Bear Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 8/31/2020



August 31, 2020

Phone Number: 406-683-3984

NEW email:

(Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 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 currently assigned to the fire are 46 total personnel. Demobilization of resources and equipment no longer needed will continue as the organization is downsized.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Due to the weather and rain, crews are focusing efforts on mopping-up 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: Cooler temperatures with rain and snow at higher elevations are predicted. This will reduce fire activity with most of the fire activity occurring where there is a heavy fuel load. The area will return to warmer, and drier conditions, Tuesday and Wednesday.

TOMORROW’S PLANNED ACTIVITY: All remaining resources will patrol the line, complete suppression repair and rehabilitation on the fire.

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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