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PF Fire

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Crow Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
75 Makawasha Ave
P.O. Box 69
Crow Agency, MT 59022

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The Crow Reservation corner of the fire Thursday evening (BIA update)

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News – 7/29/2021

 This post discusses only the Crow Reservation side of the 59,000+ acre Poverty Flats fire managed by Montana DNRC.  

 The fire's edge is divided into four equal-sized divisions. Only one of those, “Division C”, is on the Reservation: the fire south of the Sarpy Road. Task Force Leader trainee Garret Costa has led the resources on this division. Earlier in the incident, they helped to save a home near the Sarpy road when 30-foot flames jumped grader lines, said Costa.  Wednesday evening, the Crow squad and helitack and visiting engines completed burning out along the fireline from the Little Bighorn River just south of Dunmore eastward to the Sarpy road. As the crew burned grass between fireline and the fire edge, the helicopter caught “slopovers” where the fire tried to grow across firelines, and a Padlock Ranch grader built line around those slopovers. Thursday three engines checked on all hot spots, assisted by the Crow squad and helitack. Helicopter bucket east of the river helped to cool areas, although some fire was still burning in a few cottonwood trees Thursday evening. There were “candlesticks still kicking flame out” at 7:30 p.m., Costa said. Three engines will spike out (camp) by homes at Dunmore overnight to reassure residents. Friday’s plans include crews using portable pumps to begin to mop up remaining hot spots along the river.  The Crow Tribe has proclaimed Stage 2 fire restrictions that prohibit most open flame including campfires and fireworks, most driving off-road, and smoking outdoors unless in an area cleared of burnable materials.