The BobCat Fire was detected on 9/2/2020 on private lands approximately 7 miles southeast of Roundup, MT, east of MT Highway 87. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. At 0600, September 4, 2020, Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell I.C., took command of incident. At 0600, September 14, 2020, Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4 transferred command to the local unit.
The BobCat fire has low levels of activity and burned in tall grass, intermixed with ponderosa pine stands and sagebrush. Primarily wind-driven, the fire spread to the southeast from the origin. Firefighters worked to protect residences, contain the fire through direct and indirect attack, heavy equipment containment lines, and air operations.
Private residences and structures have been damaged by the fire. Communities within the fire perimeter include Johnnys Coal Subdivision, Bruner Mountain Subdivision, Old Divide Subdivision, and remote structures dispersed along Fattig Creek road and the Signal Peak Coal Mine.
There are no evacuation orders or restrictions at this time.
Cooperating agencies include DNRC, BLM, Bull Mountain Fire Dept, Musselshell County Fire Dept, Musselshell County DES, Musselshell County Sheriff's Dept.