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BobCat Fire fire grows to 15,000+ acres

Critical fire weather day Saturday
Posted at 10:48 AM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 12:49:23-04

This is the latest information from InciWeb on the BobCat fire.
At 6:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept 4 the Northern Rockies Team 4 assumed command of the BobCat Fire. Yesterday, fire spread continued with warm temperatures and moderate humidity. Fire behavior continues to be wind-driven through grass with mixed ponderosa pine. Fire Crews in all three divisions used direct and indirect attack operations to hold the fire. Fire behavior was active Friday night on the northwest side of the fire, expanding off of Beard Road of Hwy 87. Firefighters fought aggressively to slow the spread, stopping it on the south side of Beard Road east of Hwy 87. Firefighters fought aggressively to slow the spread, stopping it on the south side of Beard Road.
Operations evaluated and corrected the estimated fire perimeter along the south and east sides. While the fire is on the south side of Fattig Creek Road, the perimeter does not include Hidden Meadows Lane or Hidden Springs Road at this time. All three divisions around the fire utilized air support on Friday, including helicopters and retardant drops. Air operations were extremely helpful in holding the fire spread.
A critical fire weather forecast has been issued for today, including winds of 8-17 mph in the morning and increases to 20 mph on rides in the afternoon with high daytime temperatures and low humidity levels. Winds will be from the west, shifting to southwest in the afternoon, increasing the chance of spot fires and fire spread and creating fire behavior resistant to control and suppression tactics.
Firefighting tactics will change tomorrow due to forecasted critical fire weather conditions. An additional Division (operational area with a designed leader) will operate on the northeast flank of the fire. Additional resources are ordered and will be arriving within the next few days. Aerial resources will continue to drop water on hot spots. The weather forecast includes a change of rain and cooler temperatures on Monday.
An area closure remains in effect for Hidden Springs subdivision, residences on Johnny's Coal Road, Fattig Creek Road, Turkey Trot Drive, Bruner Mountain Road, Pine Cone Lane, Lookout Lane, Taylor Mesa Lane, Spring Hollow Lane , and Otter Trail. Residential areas currently threatened by fire spread are Johnny's Coal Subdivision, Bruner Mountain Subdivision, Old Divide Subdivision, and remote structures dispersed along Fattig Creek Road and the Singal Peak Coal Mine. Information on these closures is available at
All area residents are recommended to have a household evacuation plan in place including having all important documents, pictures, prescriptions and pets gathered up and easily transportable.