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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 Contact

Bighorn NF Public Affairs Office
Email: sara.kirol@usda.gov
Phone: 307-683-7019
Hours: M-F 9 am to 5 pm

Crater Ridge Fire - Daily Fact Sheet, July 20, 2021

Crater Ridge Wildfire
News – 7/20/2021

Acres: 383
Containment: 0%
Personnel: 119  

Current Situation

  • Fire behavior was active on Monday, with group tree torching observed.
  • Most fire activity occurred in the Cub Creek drainage, where type 1 helicopters dropped water over areas of intense heat to keep the fire north of Cub Creek.
  • Crews are employing a full-suppression strategy.
  • Scouting indicates the need for an indirect strategy, where firefighters will create containment lines at a distance from the fire front.

Operational plan for today

  • Hotshot crews and hand crews have initiated indirect containment line along Boyd Ridge south of the fire, working to connect existing patch cuts in that area to be used as a fuel break, to be continued today.
  • To the north, crews are evaluating locations for indirect line along the 111 road as well as Pumpkin Creek.
  • County Fire Restrictions
  • Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect in Sheridan County, where the fire is located. For fire restriction information in counties throughout Wyoming, see https://wsfd.wyo.gov/fire-management/fire-restrictions

National Forest Closures and Fire Restrictions

Fire Conditions and Weather

  • Weather will be sunny today, with highs in the upper 70s over the fire area. Winds will be out of the north at 10 to 15 miles per hour, gusting to 20 miles per hour. Relative humidity is expected to be around 30 percent due to monsoonal moisture, which could bring thunderstorms in the afternoon. Gusty winds are predicted with thunderstorm activity. Very similar conditions are expected Wednesday.
  • Slightly less active fire behavior is expected today with somewhat higher humidity.