Bear Trap2 Fire Update 0630 7 a.m.

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: 15,341 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: MT Hwy 84 is open but recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor, along the Madison River remain closed. 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: Last night three engine crews patrolled for and mopped up remaining hotspots along Highway 84 and within canyon bottoms.

Planned Actions: Today, firefighters will strengthen completed line in the southern end of Bear Trap Canyon and more cleanup around Cold Springs Ranch. The north and east perimeters of the fire are in patrol status. Dozer line rehabilitation is also being conducted in addition to line enhancement. Some demobilization of resources is occurring to other incidents where needed.

Weather: Today, temperatures will continue to be hot and dry; the high for today could reach into the low 90s with light and variable winds out of the northeast from 5 to 10 miles per hour, gusting up to 15 mph continuing until 6:00 p.m. Relative humidity will remain low in the 10 to 20 percent range. A frontal passage is predicted to occur tomorrow causing increased winds.

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.

The fire is listed on Inciweb:
Updates will also be available via: and
Gallatin County Media Center at: http://www.

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