Two illegal campfires in the Big Horn National Forest have been attributed to starting wildfires.
The Twin Buttes fire was started Aug. 29 and burned seven acres before a fire crew, including two helicopters and a single engine air tanker, extinguished the blaze. The Paintrock Lakes fire was reported Sept. 2 by another campfire. The campers there attempted to douse the fire with water, but their efforts were ineffective and the fire devoured ¼ of an acre before a helicopter and two firefighters extinguished the fire.
Stage I fire restrictions are in effect throughout the BHNF, and those found to be in violation of the safety precautions can be fined or serve jail time.
BHNF officials have indicated they hope to lift the restrictions in time for rifle hunting season, but with no precipitation in the forecast for the next two weeks, chances of the restrictions being lifted are slim.