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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 26, 2021

Crater Ridge Wildfire
News – 7/26/2021

Acres: 602
Containment: 0%
Personnel: 234
Current Situation

  • Fuels are drying and fire behavior is intensifying in the Cub Creek drainage. The fire is backing downslope toward the valley bottom to the southwest and along the top of the ridge at the northeast corner of the fire, approaching the Pumpkin Creek and Cub Creek confluence.
  • Both Type 1 helicopters flew yesterday, delivering more than 70,000 gallons of water over areas of heat to slow the fire’s advance, keeping it north of Cub Creek.
  • The Crater Ridge Fire remains a full suppression fire. Strategically established indirect containment lines have been created and are being improved in anticipation of increased fire activity.

Operational plan for today

  • Chippers made good progress yesterday, cleaning up slash from line construction in Division A, and will continue working in that area today.
  • Division W line construction on Boyd Ridge is progressing, with another three to four days of work to complete fuel breaks. Feller-bunchers and skidders will continue cutting trees and removing logs from the area.
  • As fire activity increases, crews are prepared to conduct firing operations, if needed, to burn out available fuels, removing them from the fire’s path to check the fire’s growth.

Fire Conditions and Weather

  • Warm, dry weather is predicted to remain through Tuesday, with occasional gusty winds over the fire. Increased moisture moves into the area Wednesday, with the best chances for wetting rain coming Thursday through Sunday.
  • Smoke from northern California is visible across Wyoming, and air quality is moderately impacted. View a smoke map at
  • Fire behavior will continue to increase while hot, dry weather remains. Grassy fuels on south facing slopes are curing and expected to carry fire.

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