Sarpy Hills Complex Burns Home, Forces Closure of US 212

A fire map showing the various fires burning in southeast Montana. The fires are now known as the Sarpy Hills Complex
A fire map showing the various fires burning in southeast Montana. The fires are now known as the Sarpy Hills Complex

The fires burning in southeastern Montana, now known as the Sarpy Hills Complex, burned a mobile home on the Crow Indian reservation just after midnight this morning. According to a media release from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as of 8:30 this morning, the fire had pushed about 2,500 acres south of US 212, just west of the Bad Horse fire from a month ago. The fire is still in the hills north of Reno Creek.

US 212 remains closed from the Crow Agency to Busby, MT. The fire was mapped at 51,000 acres Thursday afternoon but has grown since. Altogether, about 400 personnel, 30 engines, 8 crews, and many kinds of equipment are working on the fire. The weather today calls for cooler temperatures and light rain at times with northeast winds reaching 20 mph throughout the day. Hot dry weather is expected over the weekend.

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