Predicted cooler wet weather in the area of the Reservoir Fire, coupled with a two-week pattern of minimal fire behavior has allowed Big Horn National Forest officials to re-open the Shell and Adelaide Reservoir Areas for day use.
The lightning-caused fire has been burning for more than a month in the Cloud Peak Wilderness in Big Horn County, Wyo. The fire is about 2,200 acres, burning in high elevation timber stands, according to a media release from the BNF.
Dave Hogan, district ranger of the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District in the BNF, says that the fire will still not be completely extinguished until the first snowfall, but it has been controlled enough to allow for the re-opening.
Day use is from 5 am to 9 pm. Hogan said there are several ways for those visiting the area to make sure the area is open, even for those already camping in the area.
Fire information boards are posted at the Shell Ranger Station, Adelaide Trailhead, and the junction of Forest Road 17 and Forest Road 271.
Visit the forest's website or go to www.inciweb.org, search Reservoir fire. There is also cell phone coverage in most of the area; call the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District Office at (307) 548-6541 for information.