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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Bell Mountain Fire

News Release
DATE: August 31, 2017 9:45 a.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Bell Mountain Fire
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#BellMountainFire

Start Date: 8/29/2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Location and Jurisdiction: 7 miles north of Clyde, Idaho near Bell Mountain and Basinger Creek. The fire is burning on Idaho Falls District-BLM, Salmon-Challis National Forest, and a small portion of Idaho Department of Lands.

Cause: Lightning 

Fire Size: 1,330 acres

Percent Contained: 0%, containment estimated for 9/03/2017

Structures Threatened: No structures are immediately threatened. There are residences in the general area that fire managers are aware of.

Fuels and Terrain:  Started in grass and sage brush, but has now moved into the timber in very steep, shale covered terrain.

Fire Behavior: Fire activity is minimal, smoldering, isolated torching of trees in the timber.
Fire Crews/Resources: 5 engines, 3 handcrews, and air resources will be called as needed. (106 personnel)

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures: No closures, but the Basinger Canyon road is being heavily trafficked by firefighters and the public is asked to be cognizant.

Summary:  The Bell Mountain Fire is holding up in the timber and shale, since there isn’t much ground fuel for the fire to consume. Firefighters will continue to secure the southeast flank of the fire and will be mopping up the west flank, which burned mostly in grass.