Bear Trap 2 Fire Update 0629 7 pm

Start date: June 25, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner, Mariah Leuschen, Marilyn Krause
New Phone Number: (406) 685-5113
Phone: (406) 548-1174 Cause: Human Caused

Location: 20 miles northeast of Ennis, MT along the Madison River.
Current Size: 15,270 acres Containment: 82%

Resources Assigned: 4 20-person crews, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Helicopters, 16 Engines, 3 Dozers, and 3 Water Tenders

Closures: Speed limit restrictions on Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) will be lifted tonight at 8:00 p.m. Recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor along the Madison River remain closed. Firefighting resources are working hard to make the Madison River corridor safe for public use. 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 the Gallatin and Madison Counties including federal and private lands within. Please see the website for more information.

Current Status: Friday engine crews continued mopping up remaining hotspots along Highway 84 as well as rehabilitating dozer lines along the western and southern fire perimeter. Helicopters were used to drop water, check any fire spread within Bear Trap Canyon, and attacking a flare-up that tested the containment lines around the western flank of the fire. Helicopter operations were shutdown on several occasions due to high winds. Tonight, operations are planned with three engines patrolling the perimeter for potential hotspots. With better conditions the focus has started to shift to line rehabilitation.

Planned Actions: On Saturday, firefighters will strengthen completed line in the southern end of Bear Trap Canyon, and continue building line where needed. Where line is secure, firefighters will continue to mop up, patrol and monitor the fire. Some demobilization of resources will start to occur to other incidents where needed.

Weather: High temperatures for Saturday could reach 90 degrees with winds out of the southwest from 5 to 10 miles per hour. Relative humidity will remain low in the 10 to 20 percent range.

Remarks: Northwestern Energy continues to repair and replace power poles damaged in the fire. 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.
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