Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Monday, January 18, 2021 11:40:11 AM PST

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
Bernard Fire
Last Updated
Thursday, November 12, 2020 8:04 AM PST
(2 months ago)
Fire Reported
Monday, September 7, 2020 9:30 AM PDT
(4 months ago)
Incident Type
3.4 miles WSW of Lakeview, ID
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Bernard Fire was detected on 7 September, 2020, rapidly burning in brush and timber up the steep slope from Echo Bay to Bernard Peak. Very strong northerly winds created wind-driven fire behavior into the evening. Since then, winds have been relatively calm and fire behavior can be described as mostly creeping and smoldering with occasional torching of trees. Rock outcrops and other natural barriers have helped stop the fire's spread, particularly on the eastern edge.  No evacuations have been necessary and no structures have been destroyed, although the small community of Lakeview was threatened. Fire control efforts have included structure protection and a shaded fuel break constructed between Lakeview and the fire.  Roads and trails in the fire vicinity have been closed to protect firefighter and public safety.

Incident Type
Human Caused - Under Investigation
Date of Origin
Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM
Incident Commander
Evan Ratcliffe - IC4
47.946, -116.51
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Fuels Involved
Timber and brush
Planned Actions
The fire has been checked around its perimeter and is now 100% contained.
Weather Concerns
2-2.5 inches of rain fell over the fire area from the last storm system. Temperatures for the next week expected to be highs 45-55, overnight lows into the low 30s.
Incident Contact
Kary Maddox
Email: kary.g.maddox@usda.gov
Phone: 208-557-8813
Hours: Mon-Sun 0900-2000
Fire Unit Information
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
Incident Map

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