Dry Fork Fire update; Smoky skies are from fires in Montana

Release Date: Aug 2, 2017  

Contact(s): Susie Douglas

Sheridan, Wyo. (August 2, 2017) – Bighorn National Forest firefighters are working on a small fire in the Tongue Ranger District.

The lightning-caused Dry Fork Fire, located about eight miles north/northwest of Burgess Junction, was reported yesterday. The fire is burning in heavy down and dead fuel on steep terrain. Today, nine firefighters will construct a line around the fire, which is about 1/10-acre in size. No trails or roads are closed.

A frontal passage over northern Wyoming yesterday brought smoke from Montana wildfires into the area. No large fires are burning in the Bighorns.

The fire danger in the Bighorns is rated as high, meaning there’s potential for large wildfires. Though no fire restrictions are in place in the Bighorn National Forest, the Forest Service urges everyone to take extra steps to prevent human-caused fires by never leaving a campfire unattended and making sure your campfire is dead out before you leave the area.

Wildfires can be reported 24 hours a day, seven days a week to Cody Interagency Dispatch Center at 800.295.9954 or by calling 911.

Bighorn National Forest fire information is posted to the forest’s Facebook and Twitter pages at www.facebook.com/BighornNF and www.twitter.com/BighornUSFS.

For information about forest conditions, contact Bighorn National Forest offices in Buffalo at 307.684.7806, Greybull at 307.765.4435, or Sheridan at 307.674.2600.