After significant growth on Sunday September 11, and another surge on Monday, according to a release from the Forest Service Wednesday morning, the reservoir fire has grown to 1,243 acres in size burning northwest of Shell Reservoir in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.
Jon Warder, fire management officer for the Big Horn National Forest says that the fire produced a lot of smoke in the Sheridan area on Saturday and Sunday. Warder updates us on what has happened this week and how the manage the fire from here.
Even with the precipitation and cooler temperatures, Warder explains that containment of the fire still won't happen for a little while, told us what we should know about the closures in the area.
The fire was predicted to grow last week, as fire officials said that the temperatures through the weekend were high and relative humidities were low.
The fire started on August 28, and has been allowed to burn and controlled to regenerate decadent timber and improve wildlife habitat. There have been no injuries or structures lost, according to a release.
Up to date reports for the fire can be found at www.inciweb.org search Reservoir Fire. Or call the Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District Office at 307-548-6541.