Reservoir Fire Grows During Weekend

Reservoir Fire seen over the Bighorns on Friday afternoon from Sheridan. (photo by Ron Richter)
Reservoir Fire seen over the Bighorns on Friday afternoon from Sheridan. (photo by Ron Richter)

Continuing to produce smoke over the mountains visible from Sheridan, the Reservoir Fire grew during the weekend to approximately 800 acres in size after it spread on the east side of Adelaide Reservoir in the Cloud Peak Wilderness Sunday, according to a Big Horn National Forest media release Monday morning.

Big Horn National Forest Fire crews are performing point protection around a few small structures in the area near the Adelaide Lake/Shell Reservoir area where the fire is located. Crews will continue to contain the fire and allow it to burn and regenerate dead and downed timber to improve wildlife habitat, according to the release.

While managing the burnout they will work to prevent the fire from spreading to private land. There have been no structures lost or injuries.

Beginning Monday, a Type 3 Incident Management team took over control of the fire in order to manage possible growth near the southwest corner of the fire area. Also, the Wyoming State Forestry Helitack crew and helicopter, the San Juan Hotshots, and two engines have been ordered to help containment.

The fire has forced closure of the Adelaide Lake/ Shell Reservoir areas and the trails east of the Ranger Creek Trailhead.

Smoke will still be visible from both the east and west side of the mountains, according to the release, and motorists are advised that smoke may settle into Shell Canyon during the night-time hours.

High temperatures and low relative humidities in the forecast last week prompted fire management officials to predict that the fire could grow to several hundred acres. The release said that predicted milder weather Tuesday and Wednesday should help the fire lie down for a few days, but not be completely contained until significant rain or snowfall is received.

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