“Hoss Fire” South of Fort Smith in Montana Grows to 1,000 Acres

Map of Big Horn County in Montana, highlighting Fort Smith in red. The Hoss fire is burning approximately five miles south of Ft. Smith in the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation are of the Northern Rockies. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)
Map of Big Horn County in Montana, highlighting Fort Smith in red. The Hoss fire is burning approximately five miles south of Ft. Smith in the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation are of the Northern Rockies. (Image courtesy of Creative Commons)

The lightening-caused “Hoss Fire” has grown to 1,000 acres in southern Big Horn County, Montana, burning approximately five miles south of Fort Smith in the Big Horn Canyon National Recreation area in the Northern Rockies. That report is from 5:15 am this morning, according to the USDA Forest Service's MODIS Active Fire Mapping website.

Hardin, Mont. Interior Department of Fire, Crow Agency officials have been contacted regarding the direction and other details of the fire, with further information expected from the department by Monday afternoon.

The fire is a running crown fire or continuous crown fire - meaning that it jumps from tree top to tree top, moves quickly and to some degree is independent of surface fires.

We will have more information for you about this wildfire as it comes in.

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