One new wildfire was caused by lightning Sunday night located one half-mile northwest of Shell Reservoir in Big Horn County in the Cloud Peak Wilderness. The Reservoir Fire, according to a release from the BNF, was smoldering and creeping in an area of standing dead trees and had not been staffed as of Sunday night. Response will begin today.
As for fires from last week, 10 wildfires in total started last Thursday after thunderstorms hit the Big Horns, and the Big Horn National Forest Fire Management Officer Jon Warder reports that all were contained by Sunday night. Nine were less than an acre in size, and the West Pass Fire was about 12 acres.
Though there are no fire restrictions in the Big Horn National Forest, with the approaching Labor Day weekend and hunting getting started in the area, Big Horn National Forest Resource Officer Bernie Bornong reminds residents to be aware of existing fire danger.
Elsewhere in the state, fire restrictions have been put in place at state parks in Glendo and Guernsey and at the Hawk Springs Recreation Area. Gas and propane grills, and charcoal grills with lids may still be used in these areas.