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Crater Ridge

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

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Crater Ridge Fire - Daily Fact Sheet, July 22, 2021

Crater Ridge Wildfire
News – 7/22/2021

Acres: 383 
Containment: 0%
Personnel: 241 

 Current Situation

  • Recent cooler temperatures, coupled with increased humidity and cloud cover have reduced fire activity. Smoke has not been visible for the past two days.
  • A small amount of rain fell on the fire yesterday, which helped keep fire behavior minimal, but did not extinguish the fire.
  • 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.

Operational plan for today

  • Crews will improve progress made on constructing containment line along Boyd Ridge in Divisions A and W south of the fire. A feller-buncher will be used to clear a swath of trees along Forest Road 110 to link existing patch cuts, establishing a fuel break.
  • Several hand crews and hotshot crews will work in Division D to the north of the fire, preparing containment line along Pumpkin Creek.

County Fire Restrictions

National Forest Closures and Fire Restrictions

Fire Conditions and Weather

  • Weather will be warmer, with highs in the upper 70s over the fire area. Winds will be out of the northwest around 10 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts to 20 miles per hour. Relative humidity is expected to be 25 to 30% with a chance for thunderstorms in the afternoon. Gusty winds are predicted with thunderstorm activity.
  • The south and west perimeter of the fire is the most active front. Fire behavior is expected to continue to be minimal, backing down into Cub Creek drainage, and smoldering in large-diameter fuels.
  • The extended weather forecast calls for sunny days, unseasonably warm temperatures, and relative humidity falling to less than 20% Friday to Monday. These are conditions that promote more active fire behavior.

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