A storm Sunday that swept across northern Wyoming and southern Montana with lightning causing a string of 12 wildfires in southeast Montana and one near Cody that have resulted in smoke across the Sheridan area.
The Hole in the Wall fire is burning 1,000 acres west of Clark Wyoming in Park County north of Cody south of the Wyoming-Montana line. Associated Press reports say that the town of Clark is not threatened. Resulting smoke blown toward the Sheridan area comes from the fire burning on the front Beartooth Mountains. The fire is just five percent contained according to the USDA's active fire mapping website, MODIS.
As for fires in southern Montana, according to Crow Agency public information officer Jon Kohn, crews including Big Horn Mountain firefighters and Crow Agency personnel worked Sunday and Monday through the night to control the 12 fires that were started by lightning from the same storm system that caused the Hole in the Wall incident.
Largest of the 12 was the Beauvais Creek fire that burnt 775 acres north of St. Xavier. Helped by a helicopter that was being used in the Hoss Fire, crews were able to contain the fires, but are still monitoring the several incidents throughout the area.
The Hoss Fire is 85 percent contained in Black Canyon near Fort Smith in Big Horn County, Montana. Kohn said that the fire will not be fully contained until it snows because of its inaccessibility in the canyon.
A red flag warning was issued Tuesday for parts of Montana, northeast Wyoming and parts of South Dakota. These warnings are issued when high temperatures are predicted combined with instances of high winds and low relative humidity, according to the National Weather Service. Highs in Sheridan and the area are forecast in the 90s with winds gusting up to 35 mph.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.