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Daily Fire Update - August 18, 2021

Richard Spring Wildfire
News – 8/18/2021

Personnel: 240                

Structures Lost: 12 (secondary structures) 

UPDATE: Highway 212 will open to all traffic at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Motorists should remain alert for emergency vehicles in the area and obey all reduced posted speed limits.

Richard Spring Fire (170,848 acres, 75% contained): The Richard Spring Fire’s northern and eastern perimeters remain in patrol status and fire managers continue working with landowners to identify and plan suppression repair needs. Crews are working in these areas mopping up any hot spots encountered during patrol. Crews also secured the perimeter on the south side of the fire in the slop-over north of Alderson Road and south of Highway 212. Crews in that area will continue mop-up. Fire resources remain around the fire prepared for initial attack in the event of any new starts.

Lame Deer Fire (5,427 acres, 75% contained):  Fire managers are pleased with the status of the fire lines. Crews continue to secure and mop up containment lines around the Lame Deer Fire with no additional growth. 

Weather and Fire Conditions: Meteorologists forecast a chance of rain showers in the morning then a chance of rain showers and a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon with mostly cloudy conditions. Temperatures will be much cooler with highs in the mid-sixties. Winds will be northwesterly at 15-25 miles per hour with potential gusts of 30 miles per hour. Beginning Wednesday, increasing relative humidity and cooler weather patterns should result in significantly reduced potential for active spread.

Evacuations and Fire Closures: The community of Ashland, including the Ashland Divide, Rabbit Town, North Tongue River Road, and the St. Labre Indian Academy Campus remain in a Level 1 “Be Ready” evacuation stage.

The community of Lame Deer, Muddy Cluster, and Rosebud Cut Across remains in Level 2 “Set” evacuation stage for all those who do not have medical conditions. Pre-evacuation notices remain in effect for Rosebud Creek from Greenleaf Creek to Cherry Creek and the Lame Deer Divide Road located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation south of Lame Deer.

Residents should continue to check Rosebud County Sheriff’s and DES Facebook pages, Northern Cheyenne Disaster & Emergency Services Facebook page, as well as the Richard Spring InciWeb page for the most current closure information.

Special Messages: Please avoid unnecessary travel in the fire areas for the safety of fire crews and be aware of loose livestock. 

Primary and Cooperating Agencies: MT-DNRC, Northern Cheyenne Tribe, BIA Northern Cheyenne Agency, Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office, Rosebud County Disaster & Emergency Services, Ashland Fire Department, BLM, Custer-Gallatin National Forest. Additionally, numerous volunteers, private landowners, volunteer fire departments and adjacent county agencies coordinated to provide initial attack of the fire, offer emergency assistance, and support firefighters.  


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