Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Teton Interagency Type-2 IA Hand Crew rehabilitate dozer lines on July 31 to control the Muddy Creek 2 Fire. The estimated cost in damages from the more than 2,300 acre fire was $1.5 million.The Teton Interagency Type-2 IA Hand Crew crossed paths with some horses on July 31 as they returned from rehabilitating dozer lines set to control the Muddy Creek 2 Fire southeast of Lame Deer. To avoid more large blazes, the Crow Agency Bureau of Indian Affairs has banned fireworks and open campfires during Crow Fair.

BIA stresses fire safety for Crow Fair festivities

Fireworks, open campfires banned
Hot and dry temperatures are predicted for the upcoming week, and firefighters are asking for the public’s help to prevent human-caused wildfires, especially during Crow Fair from Aug. 12-17. 
“We are asking the public to be extremely vigilant when out celebrating Crow Fair and to take all fire safety precautions,” said Dominique Woodham, fire prevention and mitigation specialist, for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Crow Agency.
Due to the current High Fire Danger rating, fireworks and open campfires will be banned during Crow Fair. The effects from a wildfire can last for many years, and violators who start wildfires (even accidentally) can also be liable for the costs of damage and suppression.
When visitors to Crow Fair are seeking camp sites and parking, avoid parking in tall dry grass. The exterior of vehicle exhaust systems can reach temperatures up to 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. With the right fuel and weather conditions, all forms of motorized vehicles including cars, pickups, motorcycles, and all- terrain vehicles (ATVs) can be fire starters.
To help keep Crow Fair a safe and family friendly event, report all fires immediately. Keep a cell phone, water, a shovel and a fire extinguisher handy in the event a fire starts. 
For more information, call Crow Fire and Aviation at (406) 638-2247.