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Daily Fire Update - August 19, 2021

Richard Spring Wildfire
News – 8/19/2021



Public Information Phone: (406) 426-9131   

Personnel: 256 
Structures Lost: 12 (secondary structures)  


UPDATE: Highway 212 opened to all traffic on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Motorists should remain alert for emergency vehicles and livestock in the area and obey all reduced posted speed limits.  

Weather and Fire Conditions: The incident meteorologist expects widespread showers Thursday night, with additional isolated showers into Friday. High relative humidity combined with cooler temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s should result in significantly reduced fire behavior, although there may still be some smoldering in the heavy fuels or deep duff.  

Richard Spring Fire (170,848 acres, 82% contained): Much of the Richard Spring Fire perimeter is in patrol status and crews continue to mop up any hot spots encountered. Fire managers are coordinating with landowners to identify and plan for suppression repair and have begun this work. 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. Firefighters will continue to mop up this area and equipment operators are working to reduce the berms resulting from the fire suppression lines.  


Lame Deer Fire (5,427 acres, 85% 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.   

Evacuations and Fire Closures: There are no closures or evacuations in effect. 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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