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Bear Creek Fire at 80 percent containment

Bear. Creek Fire 829
Posted at 8:59 AM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 10:59:07-04

DILLON — Fire managers report that the Bear Creek Fire burning southwest of Dillon saw little to no growth Saturday morning.

The lightning-sparked blaze has burned a little over 11,728 acres and is now 80 percent contained.

The fire has been burning in the Lemhi Pass Area about 30 miles east of Salmon, Idaho, since Aug. 11.

Resources assigned to the fire include five helicopters, two Type 2 IA crews, two Type 1 crews, and 262 total personnel.

There is a Red Flag Warning in effect for Saturday afternoon until Saturday evening.

This forecast calls for slightly warmer and drier conditions, prior to the passage of a dry cold front Saturday evening and into early Sunday. Winds are expected to gust up to 30 mph.

No precipitation is expected. Fire behavior is expected to be low to moderate, with potential for isolated torching, smoldering along the edges, and interior burn-out of larger fuels.

In the Bear Creek drainage and previously burned out areas, there is still potential for residual heat and fire activity, given the influence of predicted breezy winds.

The Lemhi Pass Road closure from its junction with Montana Highway 324 to Lemhi Pass has been lifted.

The public is still strongly encouraged to refrain from entering the area/nearby road system due to heavy fire traffic.

There are no official evacuation orders associated with the fire.