Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
Crooked Creek Fire
Monday, June 28, 2021 at 8:00AM
Public Information Phone: (406) 290-3559
Location: 25 miles east of Bridger, Montana
Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Brian Jenkins – Incident Commander
Size: 3,924 acres Containment: 72% Personnel: 262
Overview: The Crooked Creek Fire is located near the southern border of the Crow Indian Reservation in the Pryor Mountains on the Custer Gallatin National Forest.
Current Status: Containment was increased to 72% as several additional sections of fire line were secured. Crews continued to patrol and monitor the south side and parts of the north side. The heavy equipment task force made progress on the shaded fuel break working through the middle of the northern side of the fire. Along the east side crews continued to prepare indirect hand line in preparation for a small burnout operation to secure the edge. Firefighters continued to monitor for any threat to the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range southeast of the fire. The fire is not currently impacting the wild horse herd.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue to patrol and monitor for hot spots on the south side of the fire. The heavy equipment task force will continue working on the shaded fuel break along the north central side through timber stands. On the east side if weather conditions allow, crews will be conducting a small burnout operation to secure the edge of the fire. The burnout operation will put some noticeable smoke in the air for anyone near the Pryor Mountains. Firefighters will continue to patrol in several locations and will continue to mop up hot spots or pockets of heat along the fire line as needed.
Pre-Evacuation Warning: The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office has issued a pre-evacuation warning notice for twenty-five primary residences in the Sage Creek area.
Closures: All the Custer Gallatin National Forest lands northeast of Forest Road 2308 and east of Forest Road 2085 are under a Forest Closure Order and temporarily closed to public use. All BLM lands in the north Pryor Mountains within Township 8 South, Range 28 East and the entirety of Sykes Ridge Road in Carbon County, Montana are also under a BLM Closure Order and temporarily closed to public use.
Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR): A TFR is in place for air space over the Crooked Creek Fire (FDC 1/7699) to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft operating in the area. Remember that temporary flight restrictions also apply to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones. If you fly, we can’t!
Primary and Cooperating Agencies: USFS, BLM, BIA-Crow Agency, Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, DES, Bighorn County Sheriff’s Office, NPS-Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area