Region 23 Fire assessments continue, Type III Team Transitions later today

The Region 23 Complex Fire in Dawes County is 95% contained with no significant activity. With a total acreage of 86,201 fire officials released a more detailed ownership report of acres impacted by the fires.  The following table illustrates acres burned by land ownership, including U.S. Forest Service Lands, Nebraska State lands, and private lands:

Fire Name

Fire Perimeter

U.S. Forest Service

Nebraska State


Douthit Fire

29,730 acres

6,764 acres

0 acres

22,966 acres

West Ash Fire

56,471 acres

17,921 acres

4,937 acres

33,613 acres

Region 23 Complex Total


86,201 acres


24,685 acres


4,937 acres


56,579 acres

Today firefighters are focusing on mop-up of any last hotspots that might be remaining along the containment line.  Rehabilitation continues on dozer and road grader fireline that was put in place when suppression efforts were at its peak.

A Type II Incident Management Team (IMT), led by Joe Lowe, Incident Commander, will transfer command from the Type II IMT to a Type III IMT, Time McShane, Incident Commander at 6:00 p.m. tonight.  The Type III team will continue to keep resources on the firelines until fire management feels the fire no long holds a risk of escaping containment lines.

The Hudson-Meng Bison Kill Research and Visitor Center remains closed. This closure is in part due to the possibility of fire exposing new cultural resources. The area will be closed while specialists preform rapid assessments, which would allow preservation and protection of the resources for everyone. The facilities at Hudson-Meng have escaped the fire with no damages.

Chadron State Park also remains closed and is anticipated to be closed for several weeks. This closure is in place for public safety while crews work to remove hazard trees and cleanup efforts. As soon as it is safe to do so Chadron State Park will resume operations.

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