On August 9, a grass fire burned one hundred acres of land north of the Little Bighorn Battlefield before being contained. Overnight, the wind kicked up smoldering embers east of the Calhoun Hill area of the battlefield, and the fire spread quickly. Park rangers and employees saved the visitor center and National Cemetery, but the rest of the battlefield was scorched. This could have been a disaster, but James Court, superintendent of what was then known as Custer National Monument, saw the potential presented by the lack of brush and grass, which before the fire had grown so thick on the battlefield that any in-depth archaeological studies had been prevented.
"Archaeology and the Changing View of Custer's Last Stand,"
The Corinthian: Vol. 5
, Article 5.
Available at: https://kb.gcsu.edu/thecorinthian/vol5/iss1/5