Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C.
Size: 30,030 acres Containment: 60% Personnel: 332
Current Status: Yesterday, fire crews searched for and extinguished hot spots along the edges of the fire, focusing in areas off of Beard and Rehder Roads while other crews searched for areas of smoldering fuels near structures and private residences and worked to secure active and smoking areas of the fire. Additional crews worked to expand containment lines near Parrot Creek road and along the north edge of the fire perimeter. No aerial operations were necessary yesterday in the progress towards fire containment. Equipment was used on the southeast edge of the fire to secure the perimeter.
Today’s weather continues a high pressure pattern with temperatures rising into the 70s with little to no wind. Tonight’s lows will be 44 with temperatures climbing in the 80s over the weekend. With the drying trend there is an increased likelihood fuels may carry fire. Fire activity may increase with a higher chance of fire spread in areas that burned inconsistently (mosaic) as heavy smoldering fuels ignite lighter grass fuels.
Planned Actions: Crews and engines will continue to work to expand control lines to fully contain the fire. Fire crews will concentrate on securing the fire line against additional fire spread, searching for hot spots near the fire’s edge, and extinguishing any smoldering or active areas 200 feet in from the fire edge. While assigned crews are focused on fire suppression work they are also available to respond to any new fire starts in the area. Aerial resources are available to support ground suppression operations if needed.
Key Message: Fire crews continue to work towards full containment of the fire, conducting fire suppression work and patrols along the edge of the fire. As containment increases, there may still be areas of smoke and fire within the interior of the fire area. If you see smoke or fire, please verify if it is within the fire area before calling it in as a new fire. If there is fire threatening a structure or a fire outside of the fire area, then call.
Road construction on both north and south Old Divide Road and Fattig Creek Road is happening this week. The road will not be closed but please expect delays or a pilot car as the planned roadwork is completed.
Closures/Restrictions: All evacuation orders have been lifted as of September 7 at 12:00pm. There are no area closures at this time. Please check the County DES Facebook page or inciweb site for updates.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): The current TFR in place for air space over the BobCat Fire (FDC0/3873) will lesson impacts to local aviation operators. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!
Cooperating Agencies: DNRC, BLM, Musselshell County, Bull Mountain Fire Department.