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BOBCAT FIRE UPDATE 8-17-15

There will be a Public Meeting Tuesday night, August 18, to discuss the Fire Situation on the Salmon-Challis National Forest and surrounding areas at 6:00 p.m. at the Salmon Valley Business and Innovation Center at 803 Monroe Street, Salmon, Idaho.

New information, if available, will be presented at that time.

The Bobcat Fire is estimated at 315 acres and continues to burn in grass and light to heavy timber. The probable cause is lightning.

It is located in the vicinity of Napoleon Gulch west of the Salmon River, approximately 15 miles north of Salmon Idaho. The fire is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain. Firefighter safety has continued to be the priority when deciding when and where firefighters are placed on the line. The fire is visible from Highway 93 just south of North Fork Idaho. Fire managers are urging the public to use caution when traveling in this area due to traffic congestion and are urging the public to continue traveling past the fire and not stopping along the roadway. There may also be fire support vehicles in the area that will need efficient and safe access along Highway 93.

Fire managers are continuing to develop strategies to manage this high priority fire emphasizing public and firefighter safety, property protection, livestock, and resource protection. The forest has received some resources and used fire crews as well as helicopter bucket drops to suppress the fire.

Due to the weather and smoky conditions, it was very difficult to complete retardant drops. Nationally we are still at the highest fire planning level which means there are limited fire resources available. Firefighters are continuing to assess structures in the vicinity of the fire area. The assessments are being prepared to help support the long term plan in development for this high priority fire. Structure assessments and point protection plans will continue to be a priority. The public is encouraged to cooperate with firefighters as they evaluate homes and structures near and around the Bobcat Fire area.


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