The Bear Creek Fire in the Dillon Ranger District of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest grew from 200 acres Tuesday to over 1,500 acres Wednesday morning. The forest fire was spotted Tuesday morning and was 100 acres at noon and 200 acres by mid-afternoon, driven by high winds. The fire is south of Lemhi Pass, about 30 miles east of Salmon, Idaho. The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest reports 139 people are at the fire and a Type 2 Incident Management Team was called in and will arrive Thursday morning. Five helicopters, along with six engines and a water tender are also assigned to the blaze, which has been very active with the erratic winds and extremely dry conditions of the forest. Cause of the fire is undetermined.

Public Affairs Officer Cydney Janssen reports that smoke is visible in the Big Hole Valley, Dillon, the Lemhi Valley and the area surrounding Salmon, Idaho. The fire is south of the Bitterroot Valley. The area is under a Red Flag Warning due to weather conditions. The Bear Creek Fire is the first major fire in the area this fire season.