Reservoir Fire Slows, May Pick Back Up Later this Week

Reservoir Fire Slows, May Pick Back Up Later this Week

Cooler temperatures and about a half-inch of rain have laid down the Reservoir Fire during the past week, but Big Horn National Forest officials say the fire may pick up again closer to this weekend.

According to a relaease from Big Horn National Forest District Ranger Dave hogan, temperatures for the end of the week and into the weekend in the area are predicted to be higher, so fire behavior is expected to increase accordingly.

The perimeter of the fire remains the same as it was six days ago at about 1,243 acres. There have been no structures lost and no injuries.

A full closure of the Shell and Adelaide Reservoir areas remain in place, and Hogan said in the release that they want to keep that in place until the area receives significant moisture and the fire is contained.

He added that because fire conditions can still change rapidly, it is difficult to make the task of providing timely public notifications of closures and re-openings difficult.

Crews continue to manage the fire to regenerate decadent timber to improve wildlife habitat, and will staff the fire as determined by weather that guides fire behavior.

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