Terrain Satellite
Bear Creek
8.8 mi
E of Lemhi, ID
Last Updated:
29 mins, 40 secs ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 11:36 AM MDT
Dispatch Notes:
Iqcs = 513921

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 week ago

Incident Photo for the Bear Creek Fire

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.  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, https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/bdnf/alerts-notices. 

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.

For more information, visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6951  or follow the Forest on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usfsbdnf or Twitter https://twitter.com/BvrhdDrldgeNF/

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Tuesday August 11th, 2020 approx. 10:30 AM
29 air miles East of Salmon Idaho, South of Lemhi Pass
Incident Commander:
Dave Paden, Justin Bogert (T) USFS
44.858, -113.437

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Friday October 30th, 2020 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved:
Timber and brush
Significant Events:
Low fire behavior with backing, flanking and single tree torching.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Remaining resources will mop up hot spots, patrol the line, and complete suppression repair and rehabilitation.
Projected Incident Activity:
Remaining resources will mop up hot spots, patrol the line, and complete suppression repair. Equipment and supplies no longer needed on the fire will be back-hauled.
A new closure was effective today. The Lemhi Pass Road and the CDT is open. This will be the final update unless significant changes occur.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Skies will begin to clear with the high a of approximately 77. SW winds will be 11-16 mph with gusts up to 23 mph.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 406-683-3984
Hours: 0800-1800
Fire Unit Information
Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
420 Barrett St
Dillon, MT 59725

Dispatch Contact

Dillon Interagency Communication Center | Dillon, MT
Phone: 406-683-3975
Website: https://gacc.nifc.gov/nrcc/dc/mtddc/