August 4, 2021 Update:
Current Situation: This is the final update on the PF fire unless the situation changes. Resources were demobilized and the incident was turned back over to Big Horn County and Crow Agency to manage on the afternoon of August 4th. The County Assist Team (CAT) left 4 engines to assist with patrol as requested.
Summary: The PF Fire was first reported on Tuesday, July 27 at 1:30 PM. It was then called "Poverty Flats" after the area ten miles north of Hardin where it originated from a burning coal seam. Due to a north winds from a cold front, the fire ran 16 miles south July 28 and 29. About 1:30 am July 29, the fire jumped the Sarpy Road (Highway 384) and entered the Crow Indian Reservation. Local forces including Big Horn County Rural Fire, BIA Crow Agency fire, and local ranchers graded and burnt out to firelines July 29 to stop further growth of the fire south from Dunmore, where the fire jumped the Little Big Horn River and threatened local homes. The DNRC’s County Assist Team (CAT) assumed management of the PF Fire at 6:00 AM on Sunday, August 1. The fire burned in grass and sage brush, and the final active areas were primarily in cottonwood trees along the river.
DNRC CAT team Incident Objectives: 1) Base all actions reflecting a commitment to firefighter and public safety. 2) Treat everyone with respect. 3) Protect infrastructure, threatened structures, agricultural, archaeological, and cultural resources. 4) Ensure communications that foster positive interaction with local cooperators, private landowners, public citizens, tribal government, and agency administrators. 5) Manage fire with full suppression perimeter control and a mop up objective of three-chains from control lines. 5) Limit the spread of noxious and invasive weeds
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