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Crow Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
75 Makawasha Ave
P.O. Box 69
Crow Agency, MT 59022

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Info Officer
Phone: 406-638-2247
Hours: M-F 7-7p, SS 7-7p

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09/08/2020 A burning seam of coal lit the 52,010 acre Sarpy fire
 Very likely on a dry, windy day last Wednesday, the Sarpy fire began when a coal seam, alight underground for possibly many years, ignited nearby brown grass. The fire cause will be confirmed...
News - 09/08/2020
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This Sarpy fire Inciweb webpage may not be updated after September 14, 2020. The fire is contained but as of September 14, is neither controlled nor declared out. Please get more current info from BIA Crow Agency by calling 406-638-2247 and asking for the information officer, or by emailing

During a bout of severe fire weather and Red Flag warning Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the Sarpy fire started from an underground burning coal seam in the northeast corner of the Crow Reservation. The first day it burned about 48,000 acres of grass and ponderosa pine on both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations, moved fifteen miles in five hours, and burned near to two homes along US Highway 212 east of Busby, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Evacuations along US 212 were removed by the Northern Cheyenne tribe September 3.

A joint command of BIA Crow Agency and BIA Northern Cheyenne fire managers coordinated to contain the fire, but > local ranchers and county resources did a lot of the hard work on this incident. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Management) team is working on lessening impacts from the fire to the land and its resources.
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Thank you to all the local people who worked hard together to support all efforts in this incident! 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseBurning Coal Seam
Date of OriginWednesday September 02nd, 2020 approx. 02:00 PM
Location20 miles east of Hardin, Montana. south of Sarpy Road, north of US Highway 212, on both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations in eastern Big Horn County
Incident Commanderfire was a unified command with CRA and NCA
Coordinates45.716 latitude, -107.056 longitude

Current Situation

Size52,010 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday October 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

short grass [FM 1] and ponderosa [FM 8]



as of 9/14/20, fire was contained, but not controlled nor declared out.