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Crying Fire

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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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Wildland Firefighters battling Crying Fire in Petroleum County

Crying Fire Wildfire
News – 7/19/2017

(PETROLEUM COUNTY, Mont.) – Wildland Firefighters were called to the Crying Fire located in Petroleum County west of the Musselshell River and about 30 miles northeast of Winnett, Montana, July 19, 2017.

The Crying Fire was reported mid-day and has burned approximately 3,200 acres in grass, sage and timber on Bureau of Land Management, Private, State and Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge lands.

The fire is within about 1.5 miles of five structures near the end of 79 Trail. Crews have responded from BLM, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Petroleum County. There are approximately 40 Wildland Firefighters, including Helitack, 12 engines, 1 Type-3 BLM Helicopter, 1 Air Attack Plane and 2 Canadian CL212 Scooper Planes providing initial attack efforts. There is no containment at this early phase of initial attack.

Command of fire transitioned from DNRC Incident Commander A.J. Angelo to BLM Incident Commander Scott Meneely at the end of the day July 19.

Throughout the day July 19, crews have been responding to multiple new wildland fire starts in Central and Eastern Montana.

For more information, go to or contact Public Information Officer Jonathan Moor (406)-366-9274

The cause of the fire is has not yet been determined. To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at (406) 538-1072.