Fire crews on the Crow Indian Reservation fight one blaze, put out another – Sheridan Media

Courtesy of Ken Wabaunsee – Bureau of Indian Affairs

The 260-acre Section House blaze 12 miles southwest of Pryor is 30 per cent contained and surrounded by a line of bulldozers, as around 50 people continue their third day attacking it.

The weather will secure or halt their progress.

The fire has winds of 40 to 60 mph expected Wednesday evening (July 7) from passing thunderstorms, but has not increased since Tuesday evening.

On the limestone ridges, the fire was inaccessible to the engines during the initial attack.

So far, air resources borrowed from the nearby Crooked Creek wildfire have made the difference in slowing the Section House fire.

On the final day, three teams and two bulldozers from this incident were used to create a line of fire.

These resources could leave our fire after the end of the shift on Wednesday evening and will be replaced by a team Utah Type 2 IA (which brings sawyers and is autonomous), a water supply and four engines ordered for our fire.

Meanwhile, two Crow Agency engines attacked the 5-acre Brush Coulee Fire at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday afternoon, which started from an agricultural combine three miles to windward (southwest ) from Crow Agency.

With the help of Big Horn County Rural Fire and farmers, they stopped visible flames and “wet” the edges of the fire to cool it down before winds arrived from potential severe thunderstorms Wednesday night.

Remember that it is not a question of “if” a fire will occur, but of “when”.

They are part of nature.

You prepare your home for the inevitable fires by cutting your grass, keeping plenty of water on hand outside, keeping combustible objects away from structures, and having an emergency plan to take care of the family.

Don’t let anyone create a man-made fire.

High temperatures remain at 98 Thursday in Crow and return to 99 degrees Sunday after a brief blustery cooling to 89 Friday.

Nohemi M. Moore