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Little change seen as crews battle southwest Montana wildfire

Bear Creek Fire remains 70% conatined
Containment grows on Bear Creek fire buning southwest of Dillon
Posted at 8:24 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 09:58:12-04

Fire managers report that the Bear Creek Fire burning southwest of Dillon grew slightly on Tuesday and has now burned nearly 11,600 acres.

The blaze remains 70% contained.

The fire has been burning in the Lemhi Pass Area about 30 miles east of Salmon, Idaho, since Aug. 11.

Resources assigned to the fire include seven helicopters, three Type 2 IA crews, two Type 1 crews, three engines, and 316 total personnel

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Crews, assisted by a helicopter, cleaned up areas where the fire crossed over the fireline in the northwest corner, working on all hot spots and removing residual heat.

Fire managers report that winds gusting to 40 mph in the afternoon did not cause problems for the crews on the ground.

Although light rain was recorded at the Lemhi Pass area, no measurable precipitation fell over the fire.

Area, road, and trail closures are in effect. Lemhi Pass Road is closed from its junction with Montana Highway 324 to Lemhi Pass.

The public is strongly encouraged to refrain from entering the area/nearby road system due to heavy fire traffic.

There are no official evacuation orders associated with the fire.