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BOBCAT FIRE UPDATE 8-26-15

Currently the Bobcat Fire is 75% contained due to diligent work by ground crews and air operations. There are pockets of heat deep within the fire interior that are inaccessible and unsafe for ground crews to enter but helicopters continue to provide water in the hotter areas for better suppression.

Fire managers are continuing mop up operations within the fire containment lines using hose configurations, ground personnel, and helicopters where terrain allows.

The transfer of command from the Great Basin Incident Management Team back to the Type III local team occurred yesterday. The local team will focus on mop up operations, back hauling equipment and supplies, and rehabilitation of areas affected by fire vehicles and crews. There will also be personnel monitoring the fire for any unexpected developments that could occur.

The fire weather will continue to be consistent with yesterday. Light winds, warm temperatures, low humidityís and hazy. Clouds will increase this afternoon but with a chance of thunderstorms. On Thursday the chance of thunderstorms increases to 15 percent.

Fire managers are aware of the local area closures and their impacts on the community and forest users. Due to firefighter safety, area closures are still in effect due to the narrow and winding roads and the heavy firefighter traffic. These closures include the area west of the fire to the Moose Creek, and Diamond Creek Roads, Sims Mine, and Napoleon areas.


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