Smoke from Montana Covers Casper

The smoke you are seeing over Natrona County is coming from the Rosebud Complex Fire in Eastern Montana.

Below is the latest update from the US Government incident website (

Start date: August 1, 2012 Contact: Jack Conner,

New Phone Number: 406-347-5560 Mariah Leuschen

Vickie Guthrie

Location: 6 different fires located 4-30 miles south of Rosebud, Montana

Current Size: Estimated at approximately 80,000 (cumulative), 6 fires Containment: 0%

Resources Assigned: 12 engines, Two Type 1 Interagency Hotshot Crews, 3 tenders; 7 dozers and local initial attack helicopter available. One additional Hotshot Crew, 6 Handcrews and approximately 15 strike teams of engines (5 engines per strike team) are ordered and will be arriving over the next couple days.

Closures: Hwy 39 closed from Lame Deer to Colstrip

Two primary residence structures confirmed lost on the Chalky Fire

Current Status: A type two Incident Management Team under the direction of Incident Commander Stan Benes assumed command at 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Six fires are currently burning south of Rosebud, MT with the Chalky Fire S/SW of Colstrip burning actively to the east at approximately 60,000 acres. The Sand Creek Fire was also burning actively during the night and is located east of the Rosebud Creek Road and Diamond X Ranch. The Juniper and Sweeny Fires are located approximately four miles south of I-94 and the Beaver and Big John Fires are located further south of the Sweeney Fire. Approximately 30 homes remain threatened in the Prairie Rose subdivision. The Wild Horse subdivision, approximately 30 miles south of Rosebud, also remains threatened at this time.

The fires are known as the Juniper (5,110 acres), Big John (1,005 acres), Sweeney (9,016 acres), Beaver (1,435 acres), Sand Creek (758 acres), and Chalky (60,000). These acres are rough estimates only. Crews will be working to gather more accurate GIS data.

Planned Actions: Night operations will be out on the fire protecting structures around the Diamond X Ranch on the Sand Creek Fire and structures threatened from the Chalky Fire.

Weather: Lower temperatures and higher relative humidities are expected over the fire vicinity tomorrow. Sustained winds are expected up to 30-35 mph possible. By Sunday hot and dry temperatures are expected to return.

Remarks: 2 primary residences confirmed lost in the Chalky Fire, 1 outbuilding confirmed lost in the Prairie Rose subdivision on the Juniper Fire; the Wild Horse subdivision remains threatened.

Cooperating Agencies: Montana Department of Natural Resources, Rosebud County, local and rural volunteer fire departments, and the Bureau of Land Management, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District.