Bean Canyon Fire Update 9-13-2012

Bean Canyon Fire Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release

DATE: September 13, 2012 TIME: 10:30 Hours

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

NUMBER OF ACRES: 4,321

CONTAINMENT: 25%

CAUSE: Lightning

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

STRUCTURES THREATENED: None

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

JURISDICTION: Gallatin County

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

RESOURCES:
PERSONNEL: 146                 SKIDGINES: 2
ENGINES: 20                         HELICOPTERS: 4
WATER TENDERS: 4           FIXED WING AIRCRAFT: 1
BULLDOZERS: 3                  20-PERSON HAND CREWS: 3

CURRENT SITUATION:
Crews completed burn out operations on the east side of the fire which resulted in strengthening the containment line from the fire to dozer line yesterday in the Short Gulch area. Crews were also successful in strengthening fire line on the northeast corner of the fire. The southern end of the fire was again the most active and firefighting efforts continue to be challenged by the steep terrain. Helicopters supported crews on the ground with bucket drops on the east and southern parts of the fire.

ACTIONS PLANNED:
Most of the resources will be concentrating on the south end and east side of the fire today where building and strengthening line is the priority. Crews may need to burn out fuels from the fire to the dozer line on the west side of the fire to strengthen the line. On the east side of the fire, crews will burn some interior pockets of fuel that could threaten the line if left unburned. Smoke will be visible during burn out and interior burning operations. Crews will continue to mop up on all sides of the fire where terrain permits safe operations.

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