Lodgepole Complex Fires Update
Now being called the largest wildfire in the country, the 270,000 acre Lodgepole Complex fires continued to grow, though at a much slower rate. Fire crews and equipment in Garfield and Petroleum counties, have exceeded what officials ordered, even before any were mobilized with a state fire emergency declaration, issued by Gov. Steve Bullock Sunday. About 55 small firefighting engines, five larger engines, and about 20 water tenders have arrived from more than 30 states to fight the blaze.
Tim Engrav, a spokesman for the fire’s incident command team, said they’ve got the field personnel needed at this point. He also said there had been no conversation with the governor’s office about additional resources for the fire. Bullock spokeswoman Ronja Abel confirmed that no National Guard troops have been mobilized, nor have additional resources been directed at the fire.