A planned burnout of an area near structures in the path of the Reservoir Fire in the Cloud Peak Wilderness caused a smoke plume visible in the Sheridan area Friday. Due to the fire growth and continued hot and dry weather predicted, the Forest Service has reinstated a full closure in the Shell and Adelaide Reservoirs area for public safety.
In the likely path of the fire are a cabin and two outhouses at Adelaide Reservoir, and an outhouse at Shell Reservoir. Rather than letting the fire make a run at these structures, fire managers have decided to wrap the structures with protective material, install sprinklers, and burn out the fuels around these structures.
The fire is being managed by local Forest Service resources, and has grown to approximately 20 acres since its detection on August 28th. The Reservoir fire is located about one-half mile northwest of Shell Reservoir in Big Horn County in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.