The Sarpy Hills complex of fires threw a slight smell of smoke over the City of Sheridan during the weekend caused by isolated smokes burning in the interior of the fire. As of this morning, the 82,000 acre fire, which was started by lightening, is 65 percent contained.
The National Weather Service is forecasting critical fire weather and possible lightening through Wednesday for the reservation in southeastern Montana.
According to a media release from the fire's Incident Management Team, the fire did not harm the landscape in the pine highlands of Castle Rock or south of Highway 212. The ponderosa pines in the area have some tolerance for fire and carry thick bark as adaptation to fire. The team predicts the landscape will be green again soon after rain.
Some evacuees remain displaced in nearby Lame Deer.