A small wildfire is being allowed to burn in the Big Horn Mountains near Shell Canyon close to the Shell Reservoir in Big Horn County, Wyo. Jon Warder, Big Horn National Forest Fire management officer, explains management of the Reservoir Fire.
The fire, however, is most likely not a source of the smoke seen in the Sheridan area this week, Warder said. This week's haze comes mainly from fires burning in southern Montana and elsewhere in Wyoming.
One of those fires, the North Point Fire located north of Dubois, grew about 500 acres over the Labor Day weekend and has burned about 30 square miles since it started on July 22. The lightning-caused blaze is being allowed to burn in order to clear standing beetle-killed trees.
The Reservoir was caused by lightning on Aug. 28.