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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 September 1, 2020

Bear Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/1/2020

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 4 engines, 1 excavator, and miscellaneous crew members for a total of 46 total personnel. Demobilization of resources and equipment no longer needed will continue as the organization is downsized.

TODAY’S ACTIVITY: Crews are focusing efforts on mopping-up and rehabilitation, pulling back berms, smoothing out the constructed fire lines and back-hauling equipment and supplies no longer needed.

TODAY’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR:  Skies will begin to clear with the high of approximately 77 °.  SW winds will be 11-16 mph with gusts up to 23 mph.   With the clear skies and warmer temperatures predicted over the next few day, fire activity may pick up where there is a heavy fuel load. Occasional smoke may be visible with some burning located in the interior of the fire.

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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