Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation
1539 Eleventh Ave.
Helena, MT 59601
This is the final Daily Update from the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 3.
Beginning on Sunday, August 22, 2021, the contact for fire information will be Kourtney Haus with Rosebud County Disaster and Emergency Services. The public information phone number will be (406) 346-7968 and emails should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Structures Lost: 12 (secondary structures)
Richard Spring Fire (171,130 acres, 100% contained): The fire area received almost 1” of rain over the past 2 days. This precipitation, along with cool temperatures and high relative humidity, has suppressed most of fire activity. The fire is 100% contained and in patrol status. A heavy equipment task force consisting of 2 graders, 1 excavator, and 2 dozers will be conducting suppression repair work. Fire smoldering in large stumps may continue to show smoke as the rain moves away and temperatures increase. These smokes are inside the containment lines.
Weather and Fire Conditions: A warming trend begins today with mostly sunny skies through mid-afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid to upper 70s, with relative humidity 30 to 35%. A front passing through the area this evening will bring with it the chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday evening into Sunday morning. Minimal fire behavior is expected within the fire perimeter.
Special Messages: Please use caution while traveling between Lame Deer and Ashland on Highway 212, as fire personnel with heavy equipment are still working in the area.
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.