- Posted August 3, 2012 by
Lame Deer, Montana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Wildfires blazing near you
Chalky (Lynch Coulee) Fire, Northern Cheyenne
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
The fire is now combined with the Rosebud Complex with Type II overhead controlling the fire. A name change from Lynch Coulee to Chalky has consumed approximately 60,000 acres since it started Wednesday, August 1, 2012.
Here are early images of the Lynch Coulee Fire that crossed U.S. Hwy 39 this afternoon sending Lynch Coulee, Rosebud Creek and Lame Deer residents fleeing in evacuation Thursday, August 2, 2012. It is undetermined the size of the incident which started miles off the reservation and quickly spread threatening and forcing the evacuation of Lame Deer on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana.
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.