July 26, 2017 – NOON

Lodgepole Complex – 270,000+ acres – 34% contained.

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Containment for the Lodgepole Complex increased to 34%. The increase was due to better mapping and successful burnout operations along the northeast side of the Baker Fire and the east side of the Bridge Coulee Fire. These tactics increased the depth along the containment line by one quarter mile. Throughout the Lodgepole Complex there is occasional smoke columns as the fire continues to burn out pockets of interior unburned fuels.

• 16 homes have been destroyed.

• Resources from 34 states are on scene.

• The Evacuation Order has been lifted.

• Cooperating Agencies: BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, DNRC, Garfield County and Petroleum County.

Buffalo Fire: 3,107 acres – 0% contained. (Powder River County, MT.)

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A change in the weather has moderated fire behavior. Cooler temperatures, higher relative humidity, and calmer winds have given firefighters a chance to work directly on the fire line to slow the progress of the fires. Over a dozen structures are threatened but, so far, none have been lost. The Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team (AKIIMT) has been assigned to assist in suppression of the fires. The states of Montana and Wyoming, along with the Bureau of Land Management, are still actively involved. The AKIIMT assumed command of the fires as of 6 a.m. today. There will be a community meeting in Broadus, Mont., at 3 p.m. in the Community Center at the corner of West Cottonwood Street and W Wilbur Avenue near the county fairgrounds.

• The lightning-caused Buffalo Fire is located 31 miles southwest of Broadus along the Montana/Wyoming state line. The Stallions Fire, 1,110 acres and 50% contained, is about 3-4 miles away across the border in Wyoming.

• Firefighters continue to prep residences for structure protection.

• Currently there are 300 people assigned.

• Moorhead Recreation Area is closed to all public camping.

• There will be a public meeting at the Powder River Community Center at 3:00 p.m. TODAY to provide information and answer questions from the public.

Meanwhile, more incidents in other places:

Smoke-check 294: Wrench Creek area of Big Horn County, MT.

Coffee Pot Fire: 1,960 acres in Carter County, MT. Located 15 miles E of Ekalaka. Federal and county resources on scene.

Jacobs Fire: .3 acres on USFS land in Powder River County, MT. Contained today.

East Fork Fire: 16.8 acres on USFS land in Powder River County, MT. About 13 miles E of Ashland. Federal resources on scene.

Daily Double Fire: 5 acres on USFS land in Powder River County, MT. About 8 miles E of Ashland. Contained 7/25.

Big Sage Fire: 56 acres on private land in Carter County, MT. About 12 miles NE of Ekalaka. BLM resources released by county 7/25.

Two Tree Fire: 3 acres on private land in Powder River County, MT. Lightning-caused. Located 27 miles SE of Ashland. Federal resources on scene.

For more details, check out our WildWeb at: by clicking on Recent or Open incidents.

Some counties, state and federal lands may have fire bans and restrictions in place. Go to the national fire restrictions site for current information at Remember the smallest spark has the potential to cause significant damage, so do your part to prevent wildfires.