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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, August 16, 2021

Crater Ridge Wildfire
News – 8/16/2021

Acres: 2,785
Containment: 30%
Personnel: 180


Current Situation

  • Drier and windier weather caused the fire to make short uphill crown runs (moving from treetop to treetop) with group tree torching (moving from the ground to treetop) resulting in the fire spreading further west and south into the 1970 Pumpkin Creek burn scar.
  • Firefighters did a great job containing spot fires and keeping the fire south of FSR 111.  Drone’s with infrared technology were deployed to assist in finding spot fires.
  • There will be an update on acreage and fire perimeter, as conditions/regional priorities allow, utilizing fixed wing aircraft with infrared technology.
  • Helicopter bucket water drops over the fire in the Mann Creek drainage was effective in keeping the fire from crossing the creek.
  • Fire activity is expected to be the same today as it was yesterday.

Operational plan for today

  • Firefighters will continue cold trailing, mopping up, and catching hotspots ahead of the fire where possible on the north perimeter to keep the fire south of FSR 111.
  • Helicopters will continue dropping water over the fire edge below Crater Ridge to keep the fire from crossing Mann Creek.

Fire Conditions and Weather

  • Today will be hot, dry and smokey. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will occur in the afternoon. Temperatures will range into the high 70s, low 80s, humidities 14-18 percent. Slopes and valleys will have southwest winds up to 13 mph getting gusty and erratic near thunderstorms. Ridgetop west winds up to 10 mph.

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