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Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771

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Crooked Creek Fire Fact Sheet - June 29, 2021

Crooked Creek Wildfire
News – 6/29/2021

Crooked Creek Fire
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 8:00AM

Email: 2021.crookedcreek@firenet.govFacebook:
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: 4,086 acres       Containment: 72%       Personnel: 263

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: Crews continued to patrol and monitor containment lines on several areas around the fire perimeter. The heavy equipment task force continues to work on a shaded fuel break along the Sage Creek Road system. Along the northeast and north central sides of the fire crews conducted burnout operations to secure the fire’s 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 along the containment lines. The heavy equipment task force will continue working on the shaded fuel break along the north central side through timber stands. On the northeast and north central sides of the fire crews will finish up the burnout work with some hand ignition and then work to mop up the fire’s edge.Today is a transition day with Northern Rockies Team 3 as they shadow the outgoing Team 4 and take command of the fire on Wednesday morning. Team 4 would like to thank everyone in Belfry, Bridger, the Pryor Mountains, and surrounding communities for their assistance on this fire.

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

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