Suspicious Fires Investigated
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 10, 2018
Although there have been many lightning-caused fires in the Big Horn Basin this summer, there have been several blazes whose source is suspicious.
That’s according to Big Horn County Fire Warden Brent Godfrey, who says that while firefighters were fighting the lightning-caused Terek Fire, someone was driving around setting additional fires.
The Basin Republican-Rustler reports that the arson fires have typically been started at night and in the areas of the Ten Sleep Road, Alkali flats and the lower Nowood. Authorities have descriptions of a few suspicious vehicles and are following up on leads. If anyone witnesses someone acting suspiciously, they are asked to call the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office immediately.
There have already been 20 fires in Big Horn County this summer, and Godfrey told the newspaper that conditions are expected to get worse. He estimates that over a thousand acres have been burned just within Big Horn County.