Sheep Creek Fire Cost At Half-Million $$ Mark

Costs for fighting The Sheep Creek fire in the Bighorn Mountains west of Dayton have reached around half a million dollars, and will likely continue to rise each day that firefighters spend at the scene.

That information is from Kristie Salzmann, who is public information officer with the U.S. Forest Service.

She said as of Thursday, 120 people were involved in fighting the Sheep Creek Fire, which started Sunday afternoon in the Amsden Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The fire covered more than 1,000 acres and was 10 percent contained at that time.

In the meantime, on Thursday morning, a second fire, which is being called the Cave Fire, broke out in the Tongue River Canyon not far from the Sheep Creek blaze. Unlike the Sheep Creek Fire, which is believed to be of human origin, the Cave Fire is thought to have been ignited by lightning.

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