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Lodgepole Complex

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Miles City Field Office
Bureau of Land Management
Miles City, MT 59301

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Lodgepole Complex Fire Fact Sheet for July 26, 2017

Lodgepole Complex Wildfire
Announcements – 7/26/2017

Lodgepole Complex Fact Sheet

July 26, 2017



Email: Phone: (406) 852-2088

Location: 52 miles West/Northwest of Jordan, MT and 15 miles east of Winnett, MT.

Agency Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management, State of Montana, Garfield County, Petroleum County

Incident Command: Western Montana Type II Interagency Incident Management Team (IMT), Rick Connell IC

Cooperating Agencies: BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, DNRC, Garfield County and Petroleum County

Total Complex Acres: Approximately 270,000 acres over all four fires (Bridge Coulee, Barker, South Breaks, and Square Butte).

Highway: Highway 200, is open, with decreased speed limits through the fire area. Use caution as there is still a lot of fire vehicles entering and leaving the highway.

Key Message: Containment for the Lodgepole Complex increased to 34%. The increase was due to better mapping and successful burnout operations along the northeast side of the Baker Fire and the east side of the Bridge Coulee Fire. These tactics increased the depth along the containment line by one quarter mile. Throughout the Lodgepole Complex there is occasional smoke columns as the fire continues to burn out pockets of interior unburned fuels.

Background: The Lodgepole Complex started on July 19, 2017 as 4 fires following a lightning storm. The South Breaks and Square Butte Fires burned together on July 21, 2017. The fires are burning in grass, shrub, and timber.

Weather Concerns: The weather on Wednesday is forecasted to be warmer and drier with gusty winds out of the south.

Evacuations: The Garfield County Sheriff office has lifted the evacuations for property owners. The area is open to local ONLY traffic and drivers need to be advised of livestock & heavy fire traffic on roads.After property inspection, landowners are urged to report losses to the Sheriff office via to begin the documentation and needs assessment process. This includes: Physical address, Structures, including type, Confirmed livestock loss, Pasture loss, Hay loss, Fence loss.

Safety Advisory: Remember, if you feel concerned or threatened by fire activity, self-evacuate. Do not wait for someone to tell you to leave, leave when you feel you need to.

Percent Containment: 34%

Personnel: 656 people