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Updated 06/21/21, 5 p.m. 

A thermometer reading > 100 degrees, with sun behind it.
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PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer.

Crooked Creek Fire

Update 06/18/21, 5 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning for Saturday afternoon and night in south central and southeast Montana, including the area of the Crooked Creek Fire, which today held at 5,100 acres with no containment.

Montana DNRC helicopter used to fight wildfires.
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s firefighting aircraft are returning to duty Friday after a helicopter crash grounded the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation fleet as major wildfires broke out this week.

Crooked Creek Fire

06/17/21, 5:03 p.m.

The Crooked Creek Fire in south central Montana has expanded to 5,100 acres and remains uncontained. The fire is located on lands managed by the Custer Gallatin National Forest, 25 miles east of Bridger in the Pryor Mountains near the southern border of the Crow reservation.

A photo of the Robertson Draw Fire posted the morning of June 16, 2021.
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The Robertson Draw Fire burning 24,273 acres south of Red Lodge has been identified as human caused, according to the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office. The fire is 0% contained.

Sheriff Josh McQuillen says his office is investigating with the U.S. Forest Service. They’ve identified a suspect and been in contact, but that person is not in custody.

Montana Wildfire Update For June 16, 2021

Jun 16, 2021

06/16/21, 5:15 p.m.

Robertson Draw Fire:

The Robertson Draw Fire burning south of Red Lodge saw significant growth yesterday and is now estimated at about 21,000 acres.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday morning determined the fire threatens enough destruction to constitute a major disaster and authorized federal funds to reimburse up to 75% of the state’s eligible firefighting costs.

450 Homes Under Evacuation Orders Due To Fire Near Red Lodge

Jun 16, 2021
A photo of the Robertson Draw Fire posted the morning of June 16, 2021.
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06/16/21, 5:15 p.m.

The Robertson Draw Fire burning south of Red Lodge saw significant growth yesterday and is now estimated at about 21,000 acres.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday morning determined the fire threatens enough destruction to constitute a major disaster and authorized federal funds to reimburse up to 75% of the state’s eligible firefighting costs.

Smoke from the Roberston Draw Fire south of Red Lodge on the afternoon of June 15, 2021.
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Update 06/16/21, 9:30 a.m.

The Robertson Draw Fire burning south of Red Lodge along the eastern edge of the Beartooth Front has grown to 21,000 acres, according to the latest InciWeb post Wednesday morning.

An update from the Custer Gallatin National Forest at 10 p.m. Tuesday night said evacuation orders now cover the area south of Highway 308 from Red Lodge to Highway 72, and east of Highway 72 to the Wyoming border. The order excludes the towns of Belfry and Bearcreek. Bearcreek is under an evacuation warning, meaning residents should be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

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