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BOBCAT FIRE UPDATE 8-18-15

The Bobcat fire has grown to approximately 350 acres.

The forest has received a Type II management team despite a shortage of available resources. Other critical resources have become available as well. Fire crews as well as helicopter bucket drops to suppress the fire have so far been successful. However weather forecasts are putting increased pressure on critical areas within the fire perimeter.

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.

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 public is encouraged to cooperate with firefighters as they evaluate homes and structures near and around the Bobcat Fire area. 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.

The public is encouraged to follow fire progress on the following web and social media sites;

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4527 , https://www.facebook.com/salmonchallisnf, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SalmonChallisNF or on our website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/scnf/


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