Bean Canyon Fire Update 9-12-2012

Bean Canyon Fire Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release

DATE: September 12, 2012 TIME: 08:30 Hours

CONTACT: Kerry O’Connell, 406-582-2092

NUMBER OF ACRES: 3,600

CONTAINMENT: 10%

CAUSE: Lightning

LOCATION: About 9 miles east of Toston in Gallatin County on private and state land.

STRUCTURES THREATENED: Historical cabins

FUEL TYPE & TOPOGRAPHY: Grass, timber, and brush in steep terrain

JURISDICTION: Gallatin County

ASSISTING ENTITIES: Property owners; Local Fire Departments from Gallatin and Broadwater Counties; Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; US Forest Service

RESOURCES:
PERSONNEL: 100             SKIDGINES: 1
ENGINES: 12                      HELICOPTERS: 3
WATER TENDERS: 5       FIXED WING AIRCRAFT: 2
BULLDOZERS: 2

CURRENT SITUATION:
Winds out of the northwest of 8-12 mph pushed the Bean Canyon Fire mainly to the east yesterday. Crews continued to work on securing line with the most success on the north end of the fire. Dozer lines were constructed on the west and east sides using old logging roads near the perimeter of the fire. Helicopters were used to cool hot spots along the Sixteen Mile Road and the east and south sides of the fire. An air tanker was also used to drop retardant on the southeast corner of the fire.
Predicted weather on the fire today is for slightly cooler temperatures of 55-60, relative humidity of 11-15% and winds out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. This predicted weather could cause more growth on the east and south sides of the fire today.

ACTIONS PLANNED:
Firefighters will continue to construct dozer line using old logging roads and hold and secure existing fire line. Crews may burn out from the fire to dozer lines to strengthen containment lines.

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