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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 2, 2021

Crooked Creek Wildfire
News – 7/2/2021

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: 189

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: Crews continued to patrol and mop up around most of the fire perimeter.  Where burnout operations occurred along the northeast and west fire perimeter, any fire activity interior to the fire line was mopped up to further secure those areas.  Firefighters cooled hot spots and heat as they were found.

Today: Most of the fire line will be in patrol and monitor status. On the west side of the fire, crews will continue to secure the fire line where burnout operations occurred. This afternoon, thunderstorms may cause increased interior fire activity and smoke as islands of unburned fuels interior to the fire line ignite.  Resources are staged on the south side of the fire area in preparation for possible initial attack to support local fire personnel.

Pre-Evacuation Warning: The 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 the Big Ice Cave picnic area is closed under the current Forest Closure Order and is inaccessible. The Big Ice Cave picnic area is closed.

Weather and Fuel Conditions: High pressure with hot, dry weather will continue.  Thunderstorms are predicted beginning around 3:00 p.m. that could produce wind gusts up to 45 mph.  Increased fire behavior could occur with the passing storm cells.

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

Remember – fireworks are not permitted on any public lands!  Hot and dry weather make for favorable fire conditions, so please be extra careful as you recreate this weekend. 

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