The U.S. Forest Service issued a media release that states that Bighorn National Forest firefighters are on the scene of three wildfires burning on the Tongue Ranger District. Firefighters monitoring the Bull Elk Park fire noticed smoke near Fool Creek Ridge, about 4 miles northwest of Burgess Junction. Firefighters are hiking into the area to scout the fire, which is estimated to be about one acre in size.
Goose Valley and Ranchester volunteer fire departments and Forest Service crews are on the scene of the Elkhorn fire, burning on Taylor Flat on the Kerns Wildlife Habitat Management Area and the Bighorn National Forest. The fire is expected to be fully contained.
Meanwhile, the Bull Elk Park fire has burned about 85 acres of grass. District fire management officer Kevin Hillard said that as of early Wednesday afternoon, active fire had died down to where only about two acres were burning in timber at the north end of Bull Elk Park. Firefighters will continue to monitor this fire. All three fires are likely human caused, said Hillard. A fire investigator has been requested to help determine the cause of these fires.
The weather forecast is calling for cooler weather with a chance of precipitation, with winter-like conditions forecast for Friday and the weekend. Even so, the Forest Service would like to remind everyone to be vigilant with fires in the forest as conditions are still very dry.
Anyone with information about these fires should contact a Forest Service office in Sheridan, Lovell, or Buffalo.