Wildfire Season on Crow Reservation

Two helicopters like this one were part of the response to the Spike Fire in the Pryor Mountains on the Crow Reservation.
Two helicopters like this one were part of the response to the Spike Fire in the Pryor Mountains on the Crow Reservation.

Officials with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Crow Agency & Aviation released a report Sunday on a three-acre timber fire on the remote eastern slopes of the Crow Reservation’s Pryor Mountains. The blaze heralds the start of serious fire season on the Reservation.  Lightning struck in the area about four days before. 

The Spike fire had a 20-person Initial Attack crew, two helicopters, an engine and a water tender working Sunday evening on the fire, in timber in a box canyon.  Access to the fire is a three hour drive from Crow Agency.  The crew was flown to the fire by helicopter and stayed on the mountaintop Sunday night. 

Engine crews responded to three other small fires Saturday and Sunday, all caused by people hoping to do controlled burning:  one in Lodge Grass, one in Crow Agency, and one in Pryor.  In July so far, crews have dealt with 29 separate fires which burned about 30 acres total. 

High temperatures remain above 90 degrees with chances of evening storms in the coming week.

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