Jun 28, 2012 12:42 PM by MTN News
The Bear Trap 2 Fire, burning about 20 miles northeast of Ennis along the Madison River, has now scorched 14,770 acres.
As of Thursday morning, officials report that it is about 12% contained.
Officials tell us that the fire has destroyed three structures.
Evacuation warnings are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris in Madison County.
Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County.
On Thursday, fire crews plan to continue to scout and construct fireline through all divisions.
Most resources will be focused on the west and south flanks where the potential for growth is greatest. Dozers and engines will be used to secure and strengthen fireline. Two 20-person crews, a 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, two helicopters, six engines and two dozers are assigned to the blaze.
Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) is currently open from Blacks Ford to Norris. Potential burnout of unburned fuel along Hwy 84 may cause temporary road closures between mid-day and mid-afternoon.
The fire burned actively Wednesday and dozers were used effectively in some areas for line construction. Helicopters on loan from a neighboring incident were used to check fire spread and protect structures. A night shift worked Wednesday night to protect structures and patrol and mop up along Highway 84. The fire is most active on south and west flanks.
Restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is allowed.
Recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor along the Madison River remain closed. Firefighting resources are working hard to make the Madison River corridor safe for public use. Floaters and anglers are urged to make plans to use other areas through July 9.
Access to the Madison River is closed on all BLM land within the Lower Madison River Special Recreation Management Area.