Sheridan County Fire Warden, Bill Biastoch, reports the fire approximately 7 miles north of Clearmont has grown to somewhere between 1500 and 2500 acres. Multiple resources in the county are assigned to the fire, and the firefighters do have a fire line established, but the fire is not considered to be contained because of the abundance of fuel between the fire and where the line is established. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
The blaze exhibited extreme fire behavior yesterday, and though a cold front is expected to come down from Montana this afternoon, high winds could push the fire in any direction. Fire crews were called off of the location last night around midnight due to the rough terrain, and efforts resumed this morning.
Biastoch directs all citizens in the county to be vigilant of fire hazards and use extreme caution when dealing with potential fire-starting situations. He points out the county is full of very dry brush and grass that will ignite and burn quickly. Furthermore, most of the county's firefighting resources are assigned to the Clearmont fire, so if a fire erupts at another location, it would spread firefighting efforts very thin.