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Friday, September 1, 2017

Mountain Bell Fire

News Release
DATE: September 1, 2017 9:30 a.m.
CONTACT: Kelsey Griffee, 208-521-8709
Bell Mountain Fire
Twitter @BLMIdahoFire Facebook @Idahofireinfo

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: 1,340 acres

Percent Contained: 50%, containment estimated for 9/02/2017

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: 4 engines, 3 handcrews, and 3 helicopters. (90 personnel)

Evacuations:  No evacuations.

Closures: No closures, but the Basinger Canyon road is being used by firefighters, please be cognizant.

Summary:  The Bell Mountain Fire is now 50% contained. Fire activity and growth is minimal. Firefighters will continue securing the southeast flank and east flank with the help of helicopters. The steep, difficult terrain of Basinger Canyon is making containment difficult, but fire managers do expect to reach 100% containment tomorrow.