Crying Fire

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Crying Fire

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Approximate Location

47.323 latitude, -108.035 longitude

Incident Overview

Crying Fire BLM PhotoBy Anika Peila July 23_2017

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Thursday, July 27- 4:45 p.m.

7,925 acres - 100% contained

Located in Petroleum County west of the Musselshell River and about 50 miles north of Winnett, Mont., the Crying Fire was reported mid-day July 19, 2017 and burned in grass, sage and timber on BLM, Private, State and Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge lands. The fire was lightning caused.Crews responded from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Petroleum County. No accidents or injuries occurred. Two outbuildings were lost.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginWednesday July 19th, 2017 approx. 12:15 PM
Location50 miles north of Winnett, MT
Incident CommanderCurtis Ritzman
Incident DescriptionWildfire

Current Situation

Size7,295 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot), Brush (2 feet),Timber (Grass and Understory)


Projected Incident Activity

No expected growth projected.

Unit Information

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Lewistown Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
920 NE Main Street Lewistown Montana 59457
Lewistown, MT 59457

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