Smoke has been visible above the Bear Trap Fire this week. According to BIA Forestry and Fire, the current hot and dry weather patterns are to blame for the increased signs of fire activity and smoke visible from the Bear Trap Fire. Acreage has not increased, however, and the fire remains at 12,246 acres. “Interior pockets of unburned fuel will continue to burn until the area receives a significant rainfall or even snow,” shares BIA Forestry and Fire. Fire personnel continue to monitor the fire from the air and from the ground. The Bear Trap Fire was started by lightning on Bear Trap Ridge on July 21st.