The Billings Outpost

Teepee Pole fire may grow

 

At 11 a.m.[Monday]  the Tepee Pole fire is burning in timber and grass at 7,880 feet elevation on Tepee Pole
Ridge, in the Reservation’s Bighorns. Canyons of Rotten Grass Creek lie to the north and south.
 It grew Sunday twilight to about 10 acres and threw burning embers that ignited a
significant number of small spot fires.
 The Crow Bighorn Initial Attack 20-person hand crew is building firelines around the
spot fires. Crow’s helicopter is doing bucket drops on the fire’s edges.
 IC Clint Smith has three engines, the hand crew, and the helicopter working the fire. About
45 people are committed to that fire. A water tender and 2 more engines are making
their way to the fire.
 The fire is zero percent contained and has potential to grow if predicted thunderstorms bring
strong winds.
The Wild Horse Ridge fire northwest of Pryor has not grown this morning. It was measured at
1,722 acres and has burned grass and brush.
 The fire is lined on the west side to the south end.
 IC Darrell Brightwings is estimating the fire is 30 percent contained.
 Dozers working until 3 a.m. Monday could only go three-fourths of the way in due to rocky terrain.
A Crow hand crew is chinking line from the south to the southwest side.
 Interior fuels are flaring up this morning but the Mescalero BIA helicopter is dropping
water.
Three engines, a tribal dozer, a tribal grader, a 20-person hand crew and a helicopter are on
the Wild Horse Ridge fire. About 50 people are devoted to that fire. Resources are
adequate but are not being released.
Both fires were lightning-caused. A Tribal Game Warden is checking on a smoke report in the
East Pryor Mountains. More fires may appear today after Saturday’s and Sunday’s lightning.
Initial attack engines are patrolling recent fires today as they are staged in Pryor, Crow, and
Lodge Grass. Crow has had 81 fires so far this year, about average, but the weather is drier.

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