Bear Trap 2 Fire Update 0630 7 p..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: 97%

Resources Assigned: 1 20-person crew, 11 Engines, 2 Dozers, and 2 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 www.firerestrictions.us website for more information.

Current Status: Firefighters strengthened completed line in the southern end of Bear Trap Canyon and did more clean up around Cold Springs Ranch. The north and east perimeters were patrolled. Dozer line rehabilitation was also conducted in addition to line enhancement. Demobilization of resources is occurring to other incidents where needed

Planned Actions: On Sunday, firefighters will finish dozer line rehab, extinguish hot spots, and patrol fire lines. The goal is to have the entire fire in patrol status by Sunday evening.

Weather: The passage of a dry, cold front on Sunday afternoon will test fire lines. Winds will be southwest switching to north. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 90’s, with low relative humidity. Isolated thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.

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: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/
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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 www.firerestrictions.us 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: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: http://www.

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 www.firerestrictions.us 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.
The fire is listed on Inciweb: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/
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Bear Trap 2 Fire Update, June 29 7:00 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: 15,270 acres Containment: 57%

Resources Assigned: 4 20-person crews, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Helicopters, 15 Engines, 4 Dozers, and 1 Water tender

Closures: Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) is currently open from Blacks Ford to Norris. Restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is allowed. 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.

Current Status: Most of the activity was on the southwestern side of the fire Thursday. Additional resources and lighter winds enabled firefighters and heavy equipment to build line and conduct burnout operations with support from helicopters. Additional work was completed around the Cold Springs ranch buildings. A night shift of fire fighters patrolled Thursday night securing the burnout operation and protecting structures.

Planned Actions: On Friday, firefighters will strengthen completed line and continue building line where needed. Where line is secure, firefighters will continue to mop up, patrol and monitor the fire. Some additional burnout may be needed in places. One lane traffic with pilot cars for a short stretch on Highway 84 may be needed throughout Friday when fire crews and Northwestern Energy crews are working close to the Highway.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue over the fire vicinity Friday with continued hot and dry conditions reaching 91 degrees with low humidity. Expect southwest winds 5-10 mph, gust to 15 mph and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Remarks: Northwestern Energy continues to repair and replace power poles damaged in the fire. 3 structures confirmed lost, evacuation warnings are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris, within Madison County. Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County. No injuries reported.

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: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/
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Bear Trap Update 6/28/12 7 p.m.

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Bear Trap 2

June 28, 2012

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: Approximately 15,270 Containment: 57%

Resources Assigned: 4 20-person crews, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Helicopters, 15 Engines, 4 Dozers, and 1 Water tender

Closures: Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) is currently open from Blacks Ford to Norris. Restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is allowed. 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.

Current Status: Most of the activity was on the west side of the fire Thursday. Additional resources and lighter winds enabled firefighters and heavy equipment to build line and conduct burnout operations with support from helicopters. One lane traffic with pilot cars for a short stretch on Highway 84 is in effect until 9 p.m. Additional work was completed around the Cold Springs ranch buildings.

Planned Actions: On Friday, firefighters will strengthen completed line and continue building line where needed. Where line is secure, firefighters will continue to mop up, patrol and monitor. Some additional burnout may be needed in places.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue over the fire vicinity Friday with continued hot and dry conditions reaching between 84-89 degrees with low humidity. Expect southwest winds 5-10 mph, and a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon.

Remarks: Northwestern Energy continues to repair and replace power poles damaged in the fire. 3 structures confirmed lost, evacuation warnings are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris, within Madison County. Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County. No injuries reported.

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: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/

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Daily Update Bear Trap 2 Fire: June 28, 2012

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: Approximately 14,770 Containment: 12%

Resources Assigned: 2 20-person crews, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Helicopters, 6 Engines, 2 Dozers

Closures: Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) is currently open from Blacks Ford to Norris. Potential burnout of unburned fuel along Hwy 84 may cause temporary road closures between mid-day and mid-afternoon. A notification will be sent out. Restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is allowed. 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.

Current Status: A Type 2 Incident Management Team under the direction of Incident Commander Stan Benes took over management of the fire on Wednesday. The fire burned actively on Wednesday and dozers were used effectively in some areas for line construction. Helicopters on loan from a neighboring incident were used to check fire spread and protect structures. A night shift worked Wednesday night to protect structures and patrol and mop up along Highway 84. The fire is most active on south and west flanks.

Planned Actions: Fire personnel will continue to scout and construct fireline through all divisions. Most resources will be focused on the west and south flanks where the potential for growth is greatest. Dozers and engines will be used to secure and strengthen fireline.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue over the fire vicinity Thursday with continued hot and dry conditions reaching between 84-89 degrees with low humidity. Expect southwest winds 5-10 mph..

Remarks: 3 structures confirmed lost, evacuation warnings are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris, within Madison County. Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County. No injuries reported.

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: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/

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Bear Trap 2 Daily Fire Update

Start date: June 25, 2012 Contact: Mariah Leuschen and Marilyn Krause
Phone: (406) 548-1174
Cause: Human Caused

Location: 20 miles northeast of Ennis, MT along the Madison River.

Current Size: Approximately 3000+ Containment: 0%

Resources Assigned: 1 20 person crew, 1 Type 1 Hotshot Crew, 2 Type 2 Helicopters, Additional resources requested.

Closures: Norris Road in Gallatin County from Four Corners to Madison River Road is open. Norris Road (MT Hwy 84) from Madison River Road to Norris is still closed. The restrictions on Madison River Road are lifted and travel is also allowed. Recreation facilities in the Bear Trap Canyon corridor along the Madison River remain closed. Floating the Madison River is not recommended, much of the Madison River corridor within the fire area is closed for public and firefighter safety. All BLM lands within the Lower Madison River Special Recreation Management Area remain closed.

Current Status: A type two Incident Management Team under the direction of Incident Commander Stan Benes will transition and assume command of the fire today. Additional resources are ordered and will be arriving over the next few days. Continued hot and dry conditions, steep terrain, along with sustained strong winds, with gusts to 40 mph have hampered firefighting efforts. Tuesday afternoon the fire made a run along the western and northeastern flanks crossing the Madison River and Hwy 84, resulting in rapid rates of spread and active fire behavior.

Planned Actions: Fire personnel will continue to scout and construct fireline through all divisions. The fire burned actively until Tuesday evening. Resources are limited, but as additional incoming resources arrive they will be assigned and begin constructing fireline and securing the fire’s perimeter.

Weather: A high pressure system will continue of the fire vicinity today with continued hot and dry conditions reaching between 75-80 degrees. Winds will be lighter at 6-12 mph, southwest.

Remarks: 2 structures confirmed lost, evacuations are in effect for Blacks Ford south to Norris, Gallatin County pre-evacuation notifications are in effect for Blacks Ford north into Gallatin County. No injuries reported.

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: www.inciweb.org
Updates will also be available via: http://www.readygallatin.com/ and
Gallatin County Media Center at: https://www.gallatinmedia.org/

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