Rosebud Complex Update August 8, 2012 7am
Incident: Rosebud Complex Wildfire
Issued: August 8, 2012, 7am
Start date: August 1, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner &
Phone Number: 406-347-5560 Mariah Leuschen,
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: 84 engines, 6 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 15 water tenders; 10 pieces of heavy equipment, 14 twenty-person crews and 7 helicopters (914 total personnel).
Closures: No closures at this time but traffic may be limited at times along Hwy 212 depending on fire activity.
Fires within the northern portion of the complex are in mop-up and patrol status and rehabilitation has begun. On the Chalky Fire, crews continue to battle gusty northwest winds along with hot dry temps and low relative humidity. Most fire activity exists on the southeast and western flanks of the fire, strengthening line continues by utilizing air support, heavy equipment and hand crews. Crews will continue to reinforce burnout activities from night operations. There are two spike camps, one located 4 miles south of Lame Deer and the other west of the Chalky Fire. The Rosebud Complex supplied Miles City Dispatch aviation and ground support for initial attack on the Burney Fire yesterday.
- Beaver (1,437 acres) - 100 % containment; patrol status; rehab
- Big John (918 acres) - 100% containment; patrol status; rehab
- Juniper (4,395 acres) - 100% containment; continue mop-up; patrol status; rehab
- Sweeney/Hay Creek (12,634 acres) - 90% containment; continue mop-up; patrol status; rehab
- Sand Creek (19,109 acres) -80% containment; continue mop-up; patrol
- Chalky (134,548 acres) - 24% containment. Mop-up will continue on the north and south perimeters. Night crews will conduct burnouts on the west and southeast perimeters. Tomorrow crews will continue to build lines with air and ground resources.
Weather: Hot and dry conditions will continue over the fire through the week. Today will be mostly clear becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon, temperatures 93 - 98 and relative humidity 16%.. Thunderstorm potential returns on Wednesday night with gusty southeast winds.
Remarks: 1 communication site building on Little Wolf Mountain was confirmed lost on Monday. Two 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.