Terrain Satellite
16.4 mi
NNW of Busby, MT
Last Updated:
1 month ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 3:08 PM MDT
Fire Unit:
Bureau of Indian Affairs — Crow Agency
Grass, Brush, Timber
Dispatch Notes:
Bia. Unknown caused fire in horn county near sarpy, mt. Federal and bhc resources onscene. | Control: 09/30/20 1230

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Incident Overview Updated: 2 months ago

Incident Photo for the Sarpy Fire

This Sarpy fire Inciweb webpage may not be updated after September 14, 2020. The fire is contained but as of September 14, is neither controlled nor declared out. Please get more current info from BIA Crow Agency by calling 406-638-2247 and asking for the information officer, or by emailing crowfireinfo@gmail.com.

During a bout of severe fire weather and Red Flag warning Wednesday, September 2, 2020, the Sarpy fire started from an underground burning coal seam in the northeast corner of the Crow Reservation. The first day it burned about 48,000 acres of grass and ponderosa pine on both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations, moved fifteen miles in five hours, and burned near to two homes along US Highway 212 east of Busby, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Evacuations along US 212 were removed by the Northern Cheyenne tribe September 3.

A joint command of BIA Crow Agency and BIA Northern Cheyenne fire managers coordinated to contain the fire, but > local ranchers and county resources did a lot of the hard work on this incident. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Management) team is working on lessening impacts from the fire to the land and its resources.
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Thank you to all the local people who worked hard together to support all efforts in this incident! 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Burning Coal Seam
Date of Origin:
Wednesday September 02nd, 2020 approx. 02:00 PM
20 miles east of Hardin, Montana. south of Sarpy Road, north of US Highway 212, on both the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Reservations in eastern Big Horn County
Incident Commander:
fire was a unified command with CRA and NCA
45.716, -107.056
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Thursday October 15th, 2020 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved:
short grass [FM 1] and ponderosa [FM 8]
as of 9/14/20, fire was contained, but not controlled nor declared out.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Info Officer
Email: crowfireinfo@gmail.com
Phone: 406-638-2247
Hours: M-F 7-7p, SS 7-7p
Fire Unit Information
Crow Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
75 Makawasha Ave
P.O. Box 69
Crow Agency, MT 59022

Dispatch Contact

Billings Interagency Dispatch Center | Billings, MT
Phone: 406-896-2850