Bear Trap 2 Fire Update – Last One – July 1, 7 a.m.

Start date: June 25, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner, Mariah Leuschen, Marilyn Krause
Phone Number: (406) 685-5113 thru 7/1 only.

This will be the final daily update for the Bear Trap 2 Fire.
Please contact local offices for additional information (noted below).

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 Gallatin and Madison Counties including federal and private lands within. Please see the www.firerestrictions.us website for more information.

Final update by the incident management team. For further information regarding BLM lands or access, please contact David Abrams, Butte BLM at 406-490-0367 or the Dillon BLM Field Office Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at 406-683-8000. For information regarding Fish, Wildlife and Parks facilities along the Madison corridor please call the Bozeman office at 994-4042, Monday-Friday 8-5.

Current Status: Dozer line rehabilitation will continue along the southern and southwestern perimeter of the fire, with most of the fire perimeter now in a patrol status.

Planned Actions: Today, firefighters will finish dozer line rehabilitation in the southern fire flanks and around the Cold Springs Ranch. The goal is to have the entire fire in patrol status by this evening.

Weather: The passage of a dry, cold front this afternoon around 4:00 p.m. could present the potential for new fire starts. Winds will be out of the southwest 5-10 mph, switching to the north early this afternoon; gusts could reach 25 + mph. The high temperature is expected to be 94 degrees, with single digit relative humidity in the lower elevations.

Remarks: Northwestern Energy crews continue working to repair and replace power poles damaged in the fire in the Madison River corridor. 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: www.inciweb.org
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