Update August 14th: The Bear Creek Fire grew slightly to 4,200 acres, as crews worked to construct containment lines, and to prepare for and conduct burnout operations to solidify those lines. Two large “scooper planes” dropped water to assist crews on the ground, and helicopters provided aerial support.

Update August 13th:

The Bear Creek Fire was mapped overnight at 3,987 acres by an infrared flight. The fire burned actively yesterday due to gusty winds and low humidity and is currently 0% contained.
Temporary trail closures are in effect on the Continental Divide Trail, in addition to other local closures. Lemhi Pass Road is closed from Brenner Lane to the Idaho border. The public is strongly encouraged to refrain from entering the area or using the nearby road system, for their safety and the safety of fire personnel.

Update August 12th:

The Bear Creek Fire fire grew to 5,000 acres & burned actively all day Wednesday. Aviation resources grounded & ground resources limited.  Area closure planned & no evacuations at this time.

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Fire crews are on the scene of a wildfire that's burning near Dillon, Montana. Fire officials were alerted to the fire in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m. The fire is being called the Bear Creek Fire and is located near the Idaho/Montana border at Lemhi Pass on the Dillon Ranger District.

By the middle of the day Tuesday, the Bear Creek Fire grew to about 100 acres and due to high winds reached 200 acres by late afternoon.  Smoke from the fire can be faintly seen and smelled in the Gallatin Valley. A large smoke plume can be seen in Dillon, in the Big Hole Valley, Tendoy, Lemhi Valley, and the area surrounding Salmon, Idaho.

At this time, the cause of the fire is unknown according to a release from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest Service.  Federal, state, and local officials responded quickly to the fire. The fire behavior proved difficult for both ground and air responses on the scene.

Red Flag Warning conditions continue. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for high winds, low humidity, and a significant amount of dry fuels through Thursday, August 13th.

Late on Tuesday additional crews including A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT), four additional Type 4 Engines, and three Type 1 Crews. The additional crews and equipment will arrive Thursday morning. The following is currently on scene at the Bear Creek Fire:

  • Two Type 1 Crews
  • Two Type 2 Crews
  • A Type 2 Initial Attack crew
  • One each Type 2 and Type 3 Helicopters
  • Six Type 6 Engines
  • 1 tactical Water Tender

 

4:00 PM Update for #BearCreekFire. Size has increased to 200 + acres. Fire behavior continues to be very active. A Type...

Posted by U.S. Forest Service: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest on Tuesday, August 11, 2020

 

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