Location & Basic Responsibility Area
The Fort Howes Fire Station is located on the Custer National Forest, 20 miles south of Ashland, Montana. The station includes a hangar with three helipads to stage helicopter(s) during heavy suppression efforts in the area and barracks for the fire staff with laundry facilities.
The station is staffed by Fire Operations Supervisor, and three Type 6 engines. BLM personnel have direct suppression responsibility for BLM and USFS Custer National Forest, Ashland Ranger District, lands in Powder River County and portions of Custer, Rosebud, and Big Horn counties.
Points of Interest
The Fort Howes area offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including camping, hunting, fishing, boating, hiking, and riding. There are three riding and hiking areas in the Ashland Ranger District--Cook Mountain, King Mountain and the Tongue River Breaks. Tongue River Reservoir offers boating and fishing opportunities.
For more information, please visit the Visit Montana webpage, as well as the Custer National Forest/Ashland Ranger District webpage.