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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 6, 2021

Crooked Creek Wildfire
News – 7/6/2021

Location: 25 miles east of Bridger, Montana

Incident Command:

Size:      4,141 acres                            Containment: 84%                Personnel: 63

This will be the last fire update from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3.  Incident Commander Kevin Zimmer from the Billings District BLM field office will assume management of the fire at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Please call the Beartooth Ranger District office at 406-446-2103 or visit InciWeb for current fire information.

Yesterday: Cleanup continued on the shaded fuel break along the southwestern edge of the fire.  Suppression repair was completed where needed.  One new lightning caused fire was discovered near the Big Ice Cave.  Nearby resources located and extinguished it.

Today:  Crews will continue patrolling the area looking for any new ignitions resulting from the heavy lightning on July 4.  The perimeter of the Crooked Creek fire is nearly all secured with just a small area in Punch Bowl Creek that is inaccessible to ground crews.  This area will continue to be monitored into the future and appropriate action will be taken if necessary.

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: Cooler weather has prevailed with overcast skies and thunderstorms.  More storms are predicted with the potential for precipitation and strong outflow winds.  These winds may cause increased fire activity and any undetected lightning caused fires.

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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