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Fire Activity Impacts Big Horn Basin

Written by on August 1, 2018

Fire activity is impacting the Big Horn Basin on several fronts.
Whether it’s the smoke in the air, or lightning-caused grass fires, residents are feeling the effects of the hot, dry weather that’s cured the vegetation that grew thick with the moisture that we received this spring.
Two fires in the Big Horn Basin that flared up last week are both considered 100% contained, but Sarah Beckwith with the Bureau of Land Management says that due to current conditions, it wouldn’t take much for another fire to start.

Beckwith says that the Potter Butte fire, which was caused by a lightning strike on July 26th, burned 2400 acres south of Worland before it was considered contained. Another lightning-caused fire, the Zimmerman fire, was just contained yesterday, after consuming more than 3800 acres northeast of Thermopolis between Saturday and Tuesday.

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