Bighorn National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2013 Eastside 2nd St
Sheridan, WY 82801
The Crater Ridge Fire ignited on July 17 in a remote area of the Medicine Wheel Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest. Despite its isolated location, local response was quick with both aerial and ground resources. Over the remainder of July and through August, the fire continued to grow to over 6,000 acres in rough and often inaccessible terrain around Crater and Boyd Ridges.
This area of the Bighorn National Forest has a high volume of dispersed camping and hunters preparing for the fall season. Numerous travel trailers were located near the fire area. To allow for the safe exit of the public and ease access for the firefighters, the Forest implemented a closure in effect for much of the National Forest lands north of Highway 14A and east of the Big Horn/Sheridan County line.
There are two large burn scars in the Crater Ridge Fire area - the 1970 Pumpkin Creek Fire to the west and the 2003 Little Horn II Fire to the east. As the fire started to burn northward, it laid down when it reached both burn scars and continued to burn to the north between them. While burning continues in these scars, spread is greatly reduced due to the lesser amount of available fuel. A fire history is provided on maps of this incident.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 17th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||31 miles west of Sheridan|
|Incident Commander||Marvin Matthiesen, Type 4 Incident Commander|
|Coordinates||44.947 latitude, -107.771 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Saturday October 30th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM|
Timber (Litter and Understory)
Heavy Logging Slash
Short Grass (1 foot).
primarily in mixed conifer timber fuels with a heavy dead component (Fuel Model 10).
Single Tree Torching
Fire declared out 12/10/21 0800