Rosebud Complex Update Aug. 6 7:00p.m.
Incident: Rosebud Complex Wildfire
Start date: August 1, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner,
Phone Number: 406-347-5560 Mariah Leuschen, Vickie Guthrie
Location: 6 different fires located 4-30 miles south of Rosebud, Montana
Current Size: Estimated at approximately 173,000 (cumulative) acres, 6 fires Containment: 30%
Resources Assigned: 79 engines, 6 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 15 water tenders; 9 pieces of heavy equipment, 14 twenty-person crews and 8 helicopters (885 total personnel).
Closures: No closures at this time but traffic may be limited at times along Hwy 212 depending on fire activity.
Current Status: The goal on Monday was to hold on to the lines constructed so far. As of Monday evening, firefighters were able to catch any spots or "slop-overs". Fire lines could be tested Monday evening as thunderstorms with dry lightning and strong winds are predicted.
A spike camp is set up south of Lame Deer at the powwow grounds to house part of the engines and firefighters.
- Beaver (1,437 acres) - 100 percent contained; patrol status.
- Juniper (4,395 acres) - Fully lined; continuing mop up operations and 90% containment.
- Sweeney/Hay Creek (12,634 acres) - Work to complete and secure line around the perimeter of the fire and continue mop-up operations; 80% containment.
- Sand Creek (19,109 acres) - Construct, reinforce and hold mechanical and hand line along north flank; continue point protection; and reinforce burnout line along Snider Creek Road - 60 % containment.
- Big John (918 acres) - 100% containment; continued mop up & patrol.
- Chalky (134,548 acres) -Most activity on Monday was on the northwest flank and on the southeast corner near Lame Deer. Holding lines with slurry, helicopters, engines and heavy equipment. 10% Contained.
Weather: RED FLAG WARNING issued for Tuesday with potential for dry lightning. Hot, dry weather pattern to remain most of this week with temperatures in the 90's and low relative humidity in the 10 to 15 percent range.
Remarks: 1 communication site building on Little Wolf Mountain was confirmed lost on Monday. 2 primary residences and 1 outbuilding are confirmed lost in the Chalky Fire; 1 outbuilding confirmed lost in the Prairie Rose subdivision on the Juniper Fire.
The Red Cross has established an Emergency Shelter at St. Labre School. For more information, call 406-399-1301 or 406-396-6760.
Cooperating Agencies: Montana Department of Natural Resources, Rosebud County, Northern Cheyenne Nation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Crow Nation, local and rural volunteer fire departments, and the Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District.
The fire will be listed on Inciweb: http://www.inciweb.org/