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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 Fact Sheet July 29th

Lodgepole Complex Wildfire
Announcements – 7/29/2017



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 270,143 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: Efforts to contain the fire have been successful over the past several days through cooperative weather conditions and the hard work of local and interagency firefighters. Actions planned for Saturday and Sunday include continuing to mop up and conduct rehabilitation work on fire suppression lines. Fire engines and crews are being reassigned to other fires as requested or needed. Yesterday, Montana Governor Steve Bullock flew over the fire and visited the Incident Command Post in Sand Springs, MT for a briefing from the Incident Commander and informal discussions with county, state, and federal officials.

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 over the weekend is forecasted to have a high temperature of 95 degrees gusty winds.

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: 80%

Personnel: 373 people