The Hoss Fire in southern Montana has spread to almost 1,500 acres due to high winds that fanned the blaze late Sunday evening. The fire, which is located ten miles south of Fort Smith on the Crow Indian Reservation was ignited last Wednesday by a lightning strike. Crews have struggled with the fire due to its location on an inaccessible cliff face high in Black Canyon, between the Tribal Youth Camp and Bighorn Lake.
There are several structures within ten miles of the fire that are threatened, according to a report found on the USDA Fire mapping website.
Sixty-five personnel have been deployed by the Crow Agency and Cheyenne Indian Reservation, who are handling most of the response. Resources attacking the fire include two heavy air tankers, two helicopters and a crew of over 60 that includes three engines and support equipment such as water tenders.
A temporary flight restriction is in place from the Federal Aviation Administration which prohibits non-firefighting flights in the area.