Light Rain Slows Hoss Fire

Crews battle the Hoss Fire Monday night, Courtesy BIA

Light rain has slowed the 800-acre Hoss Fire, according to a release from the BIA. The fire is burning in the Black Canyon in the Big Horn Mountains on the Crow Reservation in southern Big Horn County, Mont.

Caused by lightening, the fire started last Wednesday and grew Sunday during low-humidity and high winds, challenging firefighting crews. Burning on cliff faces approximately four miles from the Tribal Youth Camp and Black Canyon Campground, the fire subsided into the canyon Monday when just a .10 of an inch of rain kept the fire off the grass on either side of the canyon.

Base camp for firefighting crews is a four-hour drive from Crow Agency on roads that are easily affected by small amounts of rain. BIA, Crow Tribe, National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and Big Horn County are all assisting with the fire.

The fire is burning in lodge pole and douglas fir that have not seen fire in 150 years, said Incident Commander Randy Pretty On Top in the release.