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Smoke from nearby mountain wildfires has blanketed the city of Sheridan in a fog that smells like a campfire. The closest forest fire is northeast of Buffalo. (Photo by Tracee Davis)

Sheridan's resident elk celebrity, still sporting his spring velvet antlers at his home in the Kendrick Park wildlife reserve, spent the morning blanketed in smoke. Nearby wildfires have polluted the air and obscured the usual view of the Bighorn Mountains behind him. (Photo by Tracee Davis)

Kylee Cahoy - Barrel Racing - 4th place, State Finals Average Winner
Maggie Frederickson - Miss Wyoming State High School Rodeo Queen
Jeffrey Zdziarski - Bareback Riding - 1st place, State Finals Average Winner

Smoke from the Cato Fire northeast of Buffalo adds to the orange glow of the setting sun in this photo overlooking Big Horn at 8:38 pm Tuesday.

Pictures were taken Tuesday night on Highway 16 near Ucross, looking at the hills just south of the Watt Ranch, except for the smokey Buffalo image, which was taken from a point overlooking Buffalo around dusk.

Sheridan's 100 degrees on Sunday was the first 100 of the year, Monday's 100 set a new record and Tuesday's 102 was 3 degrees below the record of 105 set in 1988. As for Wednesday's forecast of 88 - enjoy the cool down 'cause it won't last - it's back in the 90's for Thursday and beyond.

Taken by: Russ Hirchert

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