At least eight lightning fires grew in the Sarpy Hills area northeast of Crow Agency, MT the night of July 31, 2012. Initial attack forces contained two of them as more resources poured in. The rest grew to 50,000 acres August 1, and ran seven miles that night, destroying a tribal member's home, combining, and growing to 82,000 acres.
Crow BIA and Big Horn County Rural Fire initial attack forces were on the incident for the first three days or longer. A Northern Rockies Type 2 management team, Bob Fry, IC, took responsibility for managing the complex August 2.
The complex was contained August 9. An BAER (burned area emergency response) team delivered its findings to agency administrators August 17, showing that about 2/3 of the fire area burned at low intensity and only 250 acres burned at high intensity. As of mid-August, some rehab work was in progress or planning stages.
|Cause||Multiple Lightning Starts|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday July 31st, 2012 approx. 10:30 PM|
|Location||6 miles NE of Crow Agency, MT|
Grass and brush, some timber
The complex was 100% contained Aug 9. A Type 3 team was available to the incident through mid-August.