Bear Lake Fire
August 23, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Arlee Staley, Wise River Ranger Station (406) 832-3178
What: Wildland Fire
Detected: August 21, 2015
Current Size: Estimated 1010 Acres
Resources on Fire: 12 smokejumpers, 22 local firefighters, 1 Hotshot Crew and a Type 3 helicopter.
Location: Approximately ½ mile due north of Bear Lake in the Pioneer Mountains near Wise River, MT. Lat: 45° 27.114 N Long: 113°44.783W
Narrative: The Bear Lake Fire was reported August 20 at 8:00 p.m. which was located and confirmed aerially on Friday morning. By early afternoon, smokejumpers, retardant planes and a helicopter were activiely trying to supress the fire. The fire is burning on National Forest land. There are two Forest Service owned structions threatened at this time; Bear Lake Cabin and a small cabin at Anderson Cow Camp. The fire is burning in Spruce Fir and Lodgepole pine, which includes a large percentage of red, dead trees from the beetle epidemic with a considerable amount of downed jack-strawed fuel on the ground. Twenty-two (22) local firefighters and twelve (12) smokejumpers are currently on scene.
The fire was pretty quiet yesterday due to lighter winds. Fire behavior is mostly smoldering and creeping with a few trees torching on the interior and at the heel of the fire. Hose lays were completed around the Bear Lake Cabin and the cabin at the cow camp.
We received The Blue Ridge Hotshots from Arizona and they are on there way to the fire this morning. A Type 2 team from the southeast will be arriving on Monday to assume control of the fire.
There will be 2 Community Meeting Monday evening, August 24th , 2015: Wise River Community Building 5:00 p.m. and Polaris at the Grasshopper VFD 7:30 p.m.
Safety Concerns: Safety of the public and firefighters is always a primary concern.
Closures: An area closure is in effect for roads and trails to the east of the fire. The Pioneer Scenic Byway and associated campgrounds and dispersal sites remain open.
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