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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Saturday July 17th, 2021 approx. 03:00 PM|
|Location||Approximately 30 miles ENE of Lovell, Wyoming, on the Bighorn National Forest|
|Incident Commander||Trey Tucker|
|Coordinates||44.947 latitude, -107.771 longitude|
Mostly smoldering, creeping with isolated single tree torching in timber where dense canopy shelter the fuel from precipitation.
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.
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.