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Richard Spring Fire declared major disaster

By: - September 30, 2021 5:54 pm

Gov. Greg Gianforte tours the Robertson Draw fire in Carbon County (Photo courtesy of the Governor’s Office).

The Richard Spring Fire has been declared a major disaster by the federal government meaning the state will receive federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local resources being used to offset widespread damage as a result of the fire. 

“This major disaster declaration is great news for the Northern Cheyenne Tribe and communities in Rosebud County impacted by the Richard Spring Fire in early August,” Gov. Greg Gianforte said in a news release announcing the declaration. “As folks on the ground face damage and losses to power lines, utilities, tribal fencing, and public property, I’m proud to announce today that we are getting them resources they need to recover.”

The fire lasted from August 8 to August 20, burning more than 170,000 acres.  On August 11, the state secured Fire Management Assistance Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist with costs associated with fighting the Richard Spring Fire. 

To secure additional resources to support impacted communities, on September 17, the governor requested a presidential major disaster declaration in a letter to President Biden. The governor was notified this afternoon that President Biden approved his request.

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