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: 298
Current Status: Yesterday, operations personnel conducted aerial reconnaissance over the fire, determining top priority areas for further containment line work. On the northern edge of the fire, equipment crews completed a new section of control line through a partially burned area with remaining fuels and spread potential. Hand crews and engines walked areas within 200 ft of the fire edge, searching for any remaining heat or smoke. Engine crews worked through the southern and southeastern portion of the fire, finding and extinguishing smoke and hot spots. Crews continued to map the control lines and damaged infrastructure.
Today’s high temperature is forecasted in the 80s with a low around 48 tonight. Winds remain calm but may increase over the weekend. The probability of ignition increases with the continuation of warmer dry days. The next few days could produce more fire activity during mid-day. Smoke in the interior of the fire area is likely to continue and smoldering heavy fuels may create new areas of active fire.
Planned Actions: Crews will focus on areas with active heat or smoke, 200 feet in from the fire edge. Crews will patrol the fire area, searching for hot spots, evidence of fire spread, and smoldering areas with available unburned fuels. Crews and engines will continue to expand fire containment, connecting control lines along the fire perimeter. Aerial resources will continue to be available to ground suppression operations if needed. The engines and crews are available to support local resources in the event of a new fire start in the area.
Key Message: All essential electric utility services are restored to communities within the fire perimeter.
Please be aware that Fattig Creek Road will be restricted to one lane of traffic for Friday, Sept. 10. Please expect a short delay east of Old Divide Road as a pilot car facilitates one-way traffic during the roadwork.
Closures/Restrictions: There are no evacuation orders or area closures at this time.
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.