Custer Gallatin National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
10 East Babcock Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59771
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: 162
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, fire crews primarily monitored and patrolled the fire line, cleaning up any areas that were still holding heat. The two portions of the fire perimeter where burnout operations occurred are the only areas that still have hot spots.
Today, fewer personnel are needed to monitor the fire perimeter today due to the amount of secured line. Resources not needed for the fire are staged nearby to assist local fire personnel with initial attack in the event that new fire starts were detected. The area on the western side of the fire where burnout operations occurred still has some interior unburned fuels. This part of the fire line will need to be monitored into the future until those fuels have been consumed.
Pre-Evacuation Warning: The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office has removed 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 3:00pm that could produce wind gusts. 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.