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Crooked Creek

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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 - July 1, 2021

Crooked Creek Wildfire
News – 7/1/2021

Location: 25 miles east of Bridger, Montana

Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 – Mike Almas, Incident Commander

Size: 4,141 acres                            Containment: 72%                Personnel: 221

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.  

Yesterday: Isolated areas of active fire developed inside the burnout area on the northeast fire edge, including some single tree torching and small runs. Firefighters continued to monitor and mop up the containment line on southern fire perimeter.  Heavy equipment crews completed a shaded fuel break on the southwestern corner of the fire. Crews continued to clean up the northwestern fire line where burnout operations were conducted.

Today: Firefighters will continue to patrol in most locations, mopping up hot spots or pockets of heat along the fire line as needed.  Increased interior fire activity and smoke is expected due to winds associated with thunderstorm cells moving through the area.  Resources are being staged on the south side of the fire area in preparation for possible initial attack following lightning that is predicted this afternoon.

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 Custer Gallatin National Forest lands northeast of Forest Road 2308, and north of a line from Crooked Creek east to the Forest boundary, just north of, and including, the Big Ice Cave picnic area, are closed under the current Forest Closure Order and is inaccessible.  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 included in the BLM Closure Order are now open.

Weather and Fuel Conditions: High pressure with hot, dry weather will continue.  Temperatures will be in the upper 90s in the valley and significantly above average at all elevations by Friday.As these hot and dry conditions continue to build, live fuels are beginning to contribute to fire spread.  Thunderstorms are possible beginning today through the next few days. Outflow winds could contribute to increased fire behavior.  Lightning is predicted to accompany the storms.

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