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Big Horn County wildfire reported at 75,000 acres, emergency shelter set up in Crow Agency

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Posted at 2:45 PM, Jul 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-28 16:48:27-04

A wildfire burning in Big Horn County has grown to 75,000 acres, a fire official said Wednesday.

The Poverty Flats Fire started Tuesday around 1:30 p.m. near the Sarpy Creek Road. The fire jumped Highway 384 heading toward Crow Agency and traveled south toward the Little Bighorn River and the community of Dunmore.

In the Dunmore area on the west side of the river structures were being threatened but no evacuations have been ordered.

According to Tracy Spang of the BIA Forestry and Wildland Fire Management in Crow Agency, the fire is burning around 100,000 acres with zero containment.

On the Crow Agency side around 20 firefighters are on scene and other local ranch crews are helping with heavy equipment. A helicopter crew was also helping to fight the blaze.

The Montana Red Cross has set up an emergency shelter in Crow Agency for residents displaced by the fire. The shelter is located at d at the Crow Tribal Multi-Purpose Building, 178 Multi-Purpose Road in Crow Agency.