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Crater Ridge

Unit Information

Bighorn National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2013 Eastside 2nd St
Sheridan, WY 82801

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Incident Contacts

Fire Information
Phone: 406-647-0831
Hours: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

Highlighted Activity

08/04/2021 Crater Ridge Fire - Daily Fact Sheet, August 4, 2021
Acres: 758 Containment: 0%Personnel: 117 Current Situation The fire area received a 10th of an inch of rain yesterday, giving firefighters the opportunity to go direct on sections of the fire’s...
News - 08/04/2021
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The Crater Ridge Fire ignited on July 17 in a remote area of the Medicine Wheel Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest. It quickly grew to 200 acres. The local response was quick with aerial and ground resources.  

The Bighorn National Forest is heavily recreated in and numerous travel trailers were located in the area of the fire. 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 14 and east of the Big Horn/Sheridan County line.  

The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team was ordered and took command of the fire on Monday, July 19. Fire leadership is making long-term plans for full suppression of the Crater Ridge fire as existing hazards, including difficult access, continuous fuels, and steep terrain prevent working directly along the fire’s edge. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in Sheridan County and the Bighorn National Forest. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseSuspected Lightning
Date of OriginSaturday July 17th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM
LocationApproximately 30 miles ENE of Lovell, Wyoming, on the Bighorn National Forest
Incident CommanderTrey Tucker
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates44.947 latitude, -107.771 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel194
Size758 Acres
Fuels Involved

Heavy timber

Significant Events

Mostly smoldering, creeping with isolated single tree torching in timber where dense canopy shelter the fuel from precipitation.


Planned Actions

Utilize heavy equipment and crews to construct indirect fireline for potential firing operations to keep fire from impacting values at risk. Scout for potential and appropriate contingency fireline locations. Implement ignition operations if weather and fuels conditions are suitable, and fire activity reaches established Management Action Points.

Projected Incident Activity

Moderate weather and fuel conditions will limit fire behavior and spread potential. Heavy fuels remain dry and jackpots of dead fuel will continue to burn until consumed or the fire receives significant precipitation.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A weather disturbance moves eastward across the region today, and will bring an increase in monsoonal moisture to our area. This weather pattern will increase the chance for showers and thunderstorms for today, with measurable rainfall likely.