Bear Trap 2 Fire Update 0630 7 p..m.

Start date: June 25, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner, Mariah Leuschen, Marilyn Krause
New Phone Number: (406) 685-5113
Phone: (406) 548-1174 Cause: Human Caused

Location: 20 miles northeast of Ennis, MT along the Madison River.

Current Size: 15,341 acres Containment: 97%

Resources Assigned: 1 20-person crew, 11 Engines, 2 Dozers, and 2 Water Tenders

Closures: MT Hwy 84 is open but recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor, along the Madison River remain closed. 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.

Stage 1 and Stage II fire restrictions have recently been put into effect for the Gallatin and Madison Counties including federal and private lands within. Please see the website for more information.

Current Status: Firefighters strengthened completed line in the southern end of Bear Trap Canyon and did more clean up around Cold Springs Ranch. The north and east perimeters were patrolled. Dozer line rehabilitation was also conducted in addition to line enhancement. Demobilization of resources is occurring to other incidents where needed

Planned Actions: On Sunday, firefighters will finish dozer line rehab, extinguish hot spots, and patrol fire lines. The goal is to have the entire fire in patrol status by Sunday evening.

Weather: The passage of a dry, cold front on Sunday afternoon will test fire lines. Winds will be southwest switching to north. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90’s, with low relative humidity. Isolated thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.

Remarks: Northwestern Energy continues to repair and replace power poles damaged in the fire. 3 structures are confirmed lost.

Cooperating Agencies: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Dillon BLM, Madison County, local and rural volunteer fire departments, Gallatin County, MT Fish, Wildlife and Parks, MT DNRC.

The fire is listed on Inciweb:
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