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Gem Lake Fire

Unit Information

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

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Incident Contact

Sara Evans Kirol
Phone: 307-683-7019
Hours: M-F 8-4:30

The Gem Lake Fire started the afternoon of July 14, 2022, when a single engine airplane crashed igniting the fire. 

Two large Chinook Helicopters, were assisted by a smaller helicopter and the Gila National Forest Helitack crew.  The Blacktooth and Black Hills Wildland Fire Modules engaged with suppression efforts from the ground.
Local crews continue to patrol the fire intermittently. 

To protect public and firefighter safety, an emergency closure order is in place through August 15, 2022 for the area around the fire and includes Forest System Trail 040, North Rock Creek.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginThursday July 14th, 2022 approx. 12:00 AM
Coordinates44.422 latitude, -107 longitude

Current Situation

Size21 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%



The fire is in patrol status. Local crews will frequently hike in and check for hot spots over the next few weeks.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Hot, dry conditions, and predicted thunderstorms