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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 3, 2020

Bear Creek Fire Wildfire
News – 9/3/2020

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 firelines and patrolling the burn area.  

TOMORROW’S WEATHER/FIRE BEHAVIOR:  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. Occasionally 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 and patrol the burn area.  

SPECIAL CONCERNS & CLOSURES: Public and firefighter safety concerns are the top priority.  A new Closure Order was effective today. The Lemhi Pass Road and the CDT are open. All other closures are still in effect.  Visit our website to view the Order and a map,

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.

This will be the final update unless significant changes occur.

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