51.3 mi
ENE of Billings, MT
Fire Status:
Last Updated:
1 month ago
Incident #:
Fire Start:
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 7:30 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 1 month ago

Incident Photo for the PF Fire

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 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Coal Seam
Date of Origin:
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 1:30 PM MDT
6 miles Northeast of Hardin, Mont.
Incident Commander:
Don Pyrah -DNRC County Assist Team, Jeremy Erickson (Trainee)
45.904, -107.368

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Fuels Involved:
grass, sage, timber
Significant Events:
The fire is now 100% contained and in patrol status.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Demobilization of remaining resources and County Assist Team (CAT). Leave requested resources to assist local resources to
patrol the fire.
Projected Incident Activity:
Fire is lined and holding. Minimal to no spread anticipated.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Continued warm and dry trend with a cold front passage tonight - elevated winds from the SE, 10-15 mph.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Brian Mischel, Big Horn County DES
Email: bmischel@bighorncountymt.gov
Phone: 406-665-1731
Fire Unit Information
Crow Agency
Bureau of Indian Affairs
75 Makawasha Ave
P.O. Box 69
Crow Agency, MT 59022