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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 5, 2021

Crooked Creek Wildfire
News – 7/5/2021

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: 84%                           Personnel: 67

Community Meeting tonight! Fire managers from Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3 will hold their final public meeting tonight at the Bridger Civic Center, 210 Main Street.  It will be held at 7:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend in person.  For those that can’t attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted to the Custer-Gallatin National Forest Facebook page.

Yesterday: Crews worked with the Resource Advisor to identify and complete necessary suppression repair on the fire line.  On the southwest perimeter, heavy equipment cleaned up debris left from creating the shaded fuel break.  Two new starts were detected near the Crooked Creek fire, resources were able to respond to them quickly and extinguish them.

Today:  Cleanup of the shaded fuel break will continue.  Crews will continue to patrol the area and address any new starts that may be detected.  Resources are staged and ready to respond or assist local fire personnel.

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: Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms likely in the afternoon.  Winds southwest around 8 mph shifting west in the afternoon.  Thunderstorms bring a 50-60% chance of wetting rain along with additional lightning and strong outflow winds.

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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