Crying Fire: 5,983 acres, 20 percent contained

Crews continue to battle the Crying Fire north of Winnett.

Photo courtesy of BLM 

The Crying Fire is located in Petroleum County west of the Musselshell River and about 50 miles north of Winnett. It is 5,983 acres and 20 percent contained.

Firefighters plan to continue building the fire-line in order to secure the perimeter, as well as continue structure protection on the southeast corner of the fire.

The fire was reported mid-day July 19, and is burning grass, sage and timber on BLM, private, state and Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge lands.

The Crying Fire has been active, burning into the southern tip of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge.

Crews responded from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Montana Dept. of Natural Resources and Petroleum County.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. To report wildfires, call 911 or the Lewistown Interagency Dispatch Center at 538-1072.

For more information, go to or contact Public Information Officer Jonathan Moor, 366-9274 or



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