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Bear Creek fire near Dillon grows to 1,500 acres

Bear Creek Fire Air
Posted at 10:04 AM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-12 13:31:45-04

DILLON — Fire officials report that the Bear Creek Fire -- which is burning in the Lemhi Pass area of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest -- has grown to 1,500 acres.

The blaze first reported around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and had burned approximately 200 acres by Tuesday evening.

Fire managers say the fire burned actively through the night.

Weather predictions show continued Red Flag Warning conditions are predicted to persist through Wednesday.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team (IMT) will take over management of the fire on Thursday morning.

The Bitterroot National Forest Hotshots are among those on scene assisting with containment efforts.

Smoke is visible over a large area, including Dillon, communities of the Big Hole Valley, Tendoy, Lemhi Valley, and the area surrounding Salmon, Idaho.