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Containment grows on Bear Creek fire buning southwest of Dillon

Containment grows to 60%
Containment grows on Bear Creek fire buning southwest of Dillon
Posted at 8:46 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 10:48:49-04

Fire managers report that the Bear Creek Fire burning southwest of Dillon has now burned approximately 11,200 acres and containment has grown to 70%.

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

Resources assigned to the blaze include seven helicopters, six Type 2 IA crews, two Type 1 crews, 9 engines, and 405 total personnel.

Fire managers report that there was active fire behavior with backing, single-tree torching and short-range spotting on Monday.

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Crews on the northwest corner held the line where they completed burnout operations, cleaning up residual heat and gridding for hot spots through the green, unburned areas.

Firefighters, assisted by helicopter bucket drops, successfully located and put out several spot fires of up to five acres in the area.

Area, road, and trail closures are in effect. Lemhi Pass Road is closed from its junction with Montana Highway 324 to Lemhi Pass.

The public is 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.