Costs for fighting The Sheep Creek fire in the Bighorn Mountains west of Dayton have reached around half a million dollars, and will likely continue to rise each day that firefighters spend at the scene.

UPDATE, AUG. 6, 1:17 p.m. - Fire crews are now battling two fires in the Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton.

The cost of fighting the Sheep Creek Fire burning through a protected wildlife habitat area of the Bighorn National Forest in the Big Horn Mountains above Dayton will be shared by federal, state and county agencies.

The Sheep Creek Fire burning four miles from Dayton isn't yet a threat to the town of around 800 people, according to Mayor Norm Anderson. In an interview with Sheridan Media, the mayor recalled a more disastrous fire a few years ago.

Dayton Mayor Norm Anderson says officials and residents are vigilant about the fire that's burning within four miles of the town, but at this time, they're in no danger.

Filing is now open for elections in five Sheridan County Fire Districts.

More than 100 firefighters continue to battle the wildfire that has burned through 1,000 acres of timber and grassland in the mountains above the town of Dayton.

UPDATE Aug. 5 1:30 p.m. – More accurate mapping reveals the Sheep Creek Fire is smaller than originally estimated.

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