Lodgepole Complex Fact Sheet, July 28
Incident: Lodgepole Complex Wildfire
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 270,200 acres over all four fires (Bridge Coulee, Barker, South Breaks, and Square Butte).
Closures: 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: This morning the south end of the fire received some precipitation and lightning as some isolated thunderstorms moved through the area. Crews continued to make progress on containment efforts and increased that number to 80%. We know there have been many questions regarding the change in status of the Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) after a successful appeal. An FMAG Quick Fact sheet is available and posted on the Garfield County DES Facebook page (address above) to assist with understanding the program and eligible costs. This grant can be used to reimburse local and state governments for 75% of the eligible costs to suppress the fire. It does not provide assistance to the individual home or business owners and does not cover other infrastructure damage caused by the fire.
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. All the fires have now burned together as one. The fires are burning in grass, shrub, and timber.
Weather Concerns: The weather on Friday is forecasted to include northwest winds at 10-15 mph.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the need.
Percent Containment: 80%
Personnel: 553 people