Bear Fire Update – June 20, 2021

Containment on the Bear Fire has increased to 65%, and acreage remains at 12,170 acres.

Yesterday, firefighters completed their work strengthening line in Hardscrabble Canyon. Along the western edge of the fire, crews will continue to work today, mopping up fire line, and look for any areas of interior heat. Lines around the fire continue to be tested and hold during strong drown draft winds.

Suppression repair work is active on the Bear Fire. This work includes repairing damage to roads, fences and mitigating hazard trees that may have been impacted by the firefighting effords. This work will continue today around structures on Ford Ridge Road and in the Price Recreation Area. The need for suppression repair activity on other areas of the fire will be assessed today.

A RED FLAG WARNING due to gusty winds and low humidity is in effect for the fire through Sunday evening. Northwest winds will strengthen today as a weak cold front passes through. Temperatures today will reach 93° in lower elevations and near 82° along ridgetops. The relative humidity levels will be 8-18% for the fire area. Weather conditions will be breezy Monday before winds shift. Critical fire weather conditions may return by mid-week.

The incident management team on the Bear Fire is also responsible for initial attack on new fires within the fire area. Yesterday, smokejumpers that had been staged at Price Airport  responded to a new start in Dry Canyon. The fire was lined and contained at 1.2 acres yesterday afternoon.

There will be an incident management team transition this week between the California Interagency Incident Management Team 10 and an incoming Nevada incident management team.

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