Big Horn National Forest officials have reopened the Shell and Adelaide Reservoir areas for full use. The closures were put in place about a month ago because of the Reservoir Fire burning in the area.
The area was reopened on Tuesday for day use only, and amedia release issued Friday by district ranger Dave Hogan states that precipitation in the fire-area during the last 24 hours has allowed for a full reopening.
Lightning started the fire on August 28th, and it was managed in order to benefit wildlife habitat within 2,200 acres of high elevation timber in the Cloud Peak Wilderness area near Shell Reservoir on the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District of the BNF.
Some smoke visible to Sheridan area residents could still be generated by the smoldering fire, the release said, and the fire will not be completely out until some time after the first snowfall.