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.
Human Caused - Under Investigation
Date of Origin:
Monday September 07th, 2020 approx. 04:30 PM
Evan Ratcliffe - IC4
Timber and brush
The fire has been checked around its perimeter and is now 100% contained.
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.
Hours: Mon-Sun 0900-2000
Fire Unit Information
Idaho Panhandle National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3815 Schreiber Way
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815