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BobCat Fire

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The BobCat Fire was detected on 9/2/2020 on private lands approximately 7 miles southeast of Roundup, MT, east of MT Highway 87. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. At 0600, September 4, 2020, Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell I.C., took command of incident. At 0600, September 14, 2020, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4 transferred command to the local unit.

The BobCat fire has low levels of activity and burned in tall grass, intermixed with ponderosa pine stands and sagebrush. Primarily wind-driven, the fire spread to the southeast from the origin. Firefighters worked to protect residences, contain the fire through direct and indirect attack, heavy equipment containment lines, and air operations.  

Private residences and structures have been damaged by the fire. Communities within the fire perimeter include Johnnys Coal Subdivision, Bruner Mountain Subdivision, Old Divide Subdivision, and remote structures dispersed along Fattig Creek road and the Signal Peak Coal Mine. 
There are no evacuation orders or restrictions at this time.

Cooperating agencies include DNRC, BLM, Bull Mountain Fire Dept, Musselshell County Fire Dept, Musselshell County DES, Musselshell County Sheriff's Dept.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday September 02nd, 2020 approx. 02:30 PM
Location7 miles southeast of Roundup, MT
Coordinates46.304 latitude, -108.393 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel104
Size30,030 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Fuels Involved

Short Grass and Timber

Significant Events

Minimal, smoldering. The fire interior still has some smoldering.


Planned Actions

Transfer of command from Northern Rockies Team 4 to the local unit will occur at 0600 Monday 9-13-2020.

Complete mopup and continue suppression repair, provide IA response as requested.

Projected Incident Activity

Fire behavior confined to smoldering. Timber will still hold heat. Burn out of roots under snags. Red Flag Warning. Warm dry conditions established again in the area.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon to 9PM Monday 9/14. Low humidifies, hot temperatures, and brisk gusty winds will create erratic fire behavior.

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