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BOBCAT FIRE August 20, 2015 – 10:00a.m.

Current Situation: Favorable weather, increased air support and additional firefighters slowed the fire’s growth yesterday. Two helicopters and a heavy airtanker aided firefighters yesterday, which helped cool the fire’s perimeter and support them as they construct handline along the southern perimeter of the fire, burning in Napoleon Gulch drainage.

Additional handcrews arrived yesterday who will assist with providing structure assessments and protection in the Moose Creek area today. Information officers will be in the Tower Creek, Fourth of July and Kriley Gulch to provide fire information to residents.

A transfer of command from the Salmon-Challis National Forest to the Great Basin Incident Management Team 5, led by Incident Commander, Mike Whalen occurred last night.

Firefighters will continue to evaluate homes and structures near and around the Bobcat Fire area for the next several days. Management action points and tactics to manage this high priority fire are under assessment and will be communicated should the fire move into an area that requires additional action. In all decisions, firefighters will emphasize public and firefighter safety and property, livestock and resource protection.

Weather: Today will be warm and dry on the hills. This afternoon, the wind will pick up with forecasted winds up to 25 miles per hour. A fire weather watch was issued for a cold dry front to move through the area on Friday. This will bring increased winds and low humidity which will promote the fire’s growth.

Area Fire Closures: There are no evacuations in effect.

A road closure for Forest Service Road #129J, beginning at its junction with FS Road #129 was issued August19 to allow firefighters to safely access the fire area.

In addition, two trails were closed to minimize access to the area. Forest Trail #071 (Coment Creek Trail) from the junction with FS Road #020 to its junction with FS Road #019 is closed, as is Forest Trail #034 (Napolean Gulch Trail) from the private land boundary, southwest to the Napolean Gulch drainage, ending n T6S, R19W Sec. 3 is closed.

Public Safety: The fire is visible from Highway 93, south of North Fork, Idaho. All travelers along the Highway are asked to please use caution when traveling in this area. There may also be low flying aircraft in the fire area. Please do not stop along the highway due increased fire traffic and increased road congestion.

There is not a temporary flight restriction over the fire area at this time. This is to minimize disruption to business pilots in the area. We remind all that flying drones or unmanned aircraft systems within or near the fire area, without permission, will cause all air operations to stop to prevent serious injury or death to firefighters. Anyone observing drones flying in the area are asked to contact law enforcement immediately.

Community Meetings: A community meeting will be held Saturday in North Fork at 4pm. The location will be announced Friday. All public and residents are invited to attend to get the most recent fire update and to meet Incident Management Team members.

Additional Info: While firefighters appreciate donations, please refrain from donating supplies to the Incident Command Post. If interested, local volunteer fire departments and food banks who have been supporting firefighters and displaced citizens across the state will gladly accept community support.

Location: 15 miles north of Salmon, ID

Start Date: August 14

Cause: Lightning

Percent Contained: 5%

Size: 315 acres

Total Personnel: 180

Resources: 2 crews, 5 engines, 2 helicopters (as needed).

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