Bean Canyon Fire Evening Update 9-13-2012

Bean Canyon Fire Fact Sheet

For Immediate Release

DATE: September 13, 2012 TIME: 19:00 Hours

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

NUMBER OF ACRES: 4,325

CONTAINMENT: 68%

CAUSE: Lightning

LOCATION: 15 miles northeast of Toston in Gallatin County on private and state land.

STRUCTURES THREATENED: None

ESTIMATED COST TO DATE: $511,000

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: 136               SKIDGINES: 2
ENGINES: 15                        HELICOPTERS: 4
WATER TENDERS: 4         FIXED WING AIRCRAFT: 1
BULLDOZERS: 3                 20-PERSON HAND CREWS: 3

CURRENT SITUATION:
Crews burned islands of unburned timber close to the line today in order to reinforce the containment lines. Firefighters also continued to build line, burning out fuels from the line to the fire in steep difficult terrain. Observed fire behavior included creeping and smoldering with isolated torching in green pockets. Helicopter bucket work continued today in support of firefighters on the ground. A Red Flag Warning is forecast for tomorrow and expected to test containment lines.

ACTIONS PLANNED:
Crews will continue mopping up along the line, burning out where necessary. The southeast corner of the fire will again have the most resources assigned for tomorrow.

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