Burning in the Cloud Peak Wilderness, the Reservoir Fire grew by 250 acres during the weekend, according to a media release from the Big Horn National Forest, as warmer weather allowed the blaze to gain ground in the northwest corner of the fire area.
The fire was predicted to grow because of the warm weather, and according the release from District Ranger Dave Hogan, more warm dry weather in the forecast for this week may allow it to continue to grow.
Now with a perimeter of approximately 1,600 acres, the fire is being managed with the same objectives; to improve wildlife habitat and regenerate decadent timber. There have been no injuries or structures lost.
The Shell and Adelaide Reservoir areas are still closed. As previously stated, the BNF does not expect the fire to be out until the first snowfall.
Fire behavior is unpredictable while weather remains warm, so closures will likely be in place until that significant precipitation occurs.