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Tongue River Complex

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Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771

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The Tongue River Complex consists of two separate fires, Lee Creek and Witten. Both fires are burning in timber, grass, and brush in rough terrain. The Witten fire is approximately 18 miles south of Lame Deer, Montana and the Lee Creek fire is approximately 30 miles south of Ashland. Mike Almas’s Northern Rockies Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of the fire on July 10, 2017 at 0600.

Evacuations: No evacuations are in effect at this time.

Road Closures & Special Announcements: No road or area closures are active at this time. The Incident Management Team and local fire officials would like to express their appreciation to area residents and community members for not accessing the fire perimeter.

By Executive Order, the Northern Cheyenne Tribal President, in consultation with the Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tribal Forestry Director and Fire Management Officials placed certain restrictions on activities that will reduce the risk of igniting wildland fires. The fire restriction are as follows:

· No lighting of fireworks
· No trash burning
· Campfires only in designated areas and must be attended to at all times
· Sweat Lodge fires at established locations are strongly advised and must be attended to at all times
· No smoking except in closed vehicles or in designated areas
· All persons traveling on "back roads" are required to stay on established roads due to the increasing risk of fire danger

The order, signed July 9, 2017, is effective until rescinded.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginFriday July 07th, 2017 approx. 08:30 AM
Location18 miles south of Lame Deer
Incident CommanderMike Almas
Coordinates45.302 latitude, -106.533 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel216
Size28,957 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained90%
Fuels Involved

Timber, short grass, and brush

Significant Events

Minimal fire activity with some creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

Firefighters will continue patrol and suppression repair of fire lines on the Witten fire. Firefighters will coordinate Traffic and safety with logging operators along the northwest and west side.

The Lee Creek fire is 100% contained. Suppression repair has also been completed.


The Witten fire is 28,957 acres and 80% contained.

Lee Creek fire is 4,008 acres (change due to GPS perimeter mapping on the ground)and 100% contained.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Above normal temperatures and low humidities will occur tomorrow and continue through the weekend. There is also a potential for late afternoon dry thunderstorms Friday.

Recent Articles

Last Update Announcement - 7/14/2017
Community Meeting Announcement - 7/12/2017

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