Smoke Filling Skies Most Likely Blowing in from Montana

Smoke continues to fill the skies over Sheridan though wildfires burning in both Sheridan and Johnson counties are nearly contained.

Still, in nearby Montana, the governor there has declared a fire emergency for the state. Wyoming fire officials say smoke seen in the Sheridan area could be blowing in from Montana.

The Sheep Creek Fire that's been burning for a couple of weeks, now, west of Dayton in the Big Horn Mountains is 100 percent contained. But, according to fire managers, the fire will most likely continue to burn in the interior until a heavy rain or the first snowfall. The fire is contained to about 1,700 acres of rough terrain.

In Johnson County, a fire that started Thursday in the Gardner Mountain Wilderness Study Area, was 95 percent contained as of Sunday night, covering nearly 30 acres. Authorities are still investigating the Sheep Creek Fire, believing it to be human caused. The Gardner Peak fire started by a lightning strike.

The declaration of a fire emergency in Montana has allowed the governor there to mobilize state resources and the Montana National Guard to fight fires that are burning in Glacier National Park and in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge, Bitterroot, Helena, Kootenai and Flathead national forests and on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The state's biggest fire has burned nearly 21 square miles in Glacier and is not yet contained.

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