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