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Aug 3, 2012 10:18 AM by Q2 News

Sarpy Hills complex fire burns home, closes highway

CROW AGENCY- A Crow home burned early Friday morning along U.S. Highway 212 as the west side of the Sarpy Hills complex ran south in strong overnight winds. The trailer home sat about 11 miles east of Crow Agency.

Fire officials report that as of 8:30 a.m., the blaze had pushed about 2,500 acres south of U.S. Highway 212 and remains in the hills north of Reno Creek. U.S. Highway 212 remains closed from Crow Agency to Busby at least through the morning Friday.

Fire officials say crews worked on parts of the fire all night long, including all five of Crow's initial attack engines and about six other engines, two Tribal graders and two Tribal dozers, a hotshot crew, and specialized equipment such as a skidgen and a skid steer.

The previously reported East Sarpy, Little Dry Creek, Dawes, West Tullock Creek, Castle Rock II, and South Tullock Creek fires burned together Wednesday and Thursday and are now called the Sarpy Hills complex.

The fire was mapped at 51,000 acres Thursday afternoon but has grown since then and the complex includes the separate East Fork fire, which is several miles southeast of the Westmoreland Absaloka Sarpy Creek coal mine.

There are about 400 personnel, 30 engines, eight crews, and many kinds of equipment are working on the fire, according to a news release.

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