Terrain
Satellite
OSM
Crater Ridge
FIRE
564.0
acres
28.7 mi
WNW of Wolf, WY
1 weekago
reported
Fire Status:
ACTIVE
Last Updated:
1 hour, 32 mins ago
Incident #:
2021-NWCG-7685
Fire Start:
Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:00 AM MDT

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 8 hours, 14 mins ago

Incident Photo for the Crater Ridge Fire

The Crater Ridge Fire ignited on July 17 in a remote area of the Medicine Wheel Ranger District of the Bighorn National Forest. It quickly grew to 200 acres. The local response was quick with aerial and ground resources.  

The Bighorn National Forest is heavily recreated in and numerous travel trailers were located in the area of the fire. To allow for the safe exit of the public and ease access for the firefighters the Forest implemented a closure in effect for much of the National Forest lands north of Highway 14 and east of the Big Horn/Sheridan County line.  

The Rocky Mountain Type 2 Incident Management Blue Team was ordered and took command of the fire on Monday, July 19. Fire leadership is making long-term plans for full suppression of the Crater Ridge fire as existing hazards, including difficult access, continuous fuels, and steep terrain prevent working directly along the fire’s edge. 

Stage 1 fire restrictions are in effect in Sheridan County and the Bighorn National Forest. 

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Wildfire
Cause:
Suspected Lightning
Date of Origin:
Saturday, July 17, 2021 3:00 PM MDT
Location:
Approximately 30 miles ENE of Lovell, Wyoming, on the Bighorn National Forest
Incident Commander:
Jared Hohn
Incident Description:
Wildfire
Coordinates:
44.947, -107.771

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
255
Size (Acres):
564
Fuels Involved:
Heavy timber

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Utilize heavy equipment and crews to construct indirect fireline for potential firing operations to keep fire from impacting values at risk. Scout for potential and appropriate contingency fireline locations. Complete plans for ignition operations to be prepared for suitable weather and fuels conditions.
Projected Incident Activity:
Increase in fire behavior and spread potential as the fire moves lower into Cub Creek. If the fire crosses the creek a slope reversal will move the fire upslope towards Crater Ridge. Moderate fire activity and movement on the ridge tops.

Weather Synopsis

Weather Concerns:
Upper level high pressure rebuilding across the region will result in warm and very dry weather conditions across the Bighorn Mountains through next week Tuesday. Cooler weather and increasing chances for showers and thunderstorms return to the forecast towards the middle to end of next week.

Incident Contact

Incident Contact
Fire Information
Phone: 406-647-0831
Hours: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fire Unit Information
Bighorn National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2013 Eastside 2nd St
Sheridan, WY 82801