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Bighorn National Forest recreation managers are hosting a series of six public forums to gather input on “dispersed camping management.” Interested parties are invited to attend meeting sessions “as long or as little as you like,” as there will be no formal presentations. These meetings are for prompting conversations around dispersed camping management and thoughts…

The full suppression response to the Gem Lake Fire is winding down, as the small wildfire is now 100% contained and no longer considered an active threat. Bighorn National Forest is confident the Gem Lake Fire is “mostly in the rear mirror.” As of last Friday, all aerial resources and personnel have been released and…

The aerial response to the Gem Lake Fire is stopping significant growth, while firefighters are making progress towards beginning an on-the-ground suppression effort soon. Bighorn National Forest released more information on the ongoing Gem Lake Fire – the first notable wildfire in the Bighorn Basin this summer. The U.S. Forest Service began a full suppression…

There’s not much information on the remote Gem Lake Fire, but Bighorn National Forest personnel are fighting from the air while exploring options to engage from the ground. The U.S. Forest Service released information on a newly discovered wildfire in Bighorn National Forest on Wednesday, July 20. However, stopping the fire will be difficult given…

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office reports a wildfire detected in Bighorn National Forest was the aftermath of a fatal plane crash that left Powell on Thursday and killed two people aboard. On Friday, July 15, Bighorn National Forest shared information on the Willow Park Fire, which had been detected the previous day. Smokejumpers and forest…

One black bear is suspected of three separate break-ins in Bighorn National Forest – a reminder of how easily human-bear conflicts can start and how food needs to be secure in the wilderness. Human-bear conflicts are one of the realities of outdoor recreation in northwest Wyoming. Because of this, people need to take proper precautions…

Nearly a year to the day since the Crater Ridge Fire was first sparked, smokejumpers and other personnel are on the scene of the Willow Creek Fire, which is small but not extinguished. Bighorn National Forest reports a fire was detected late in the day on Thursday, July 14, 2022. The location is approximately 2.5…

Bighorn National Forest has closed a popular scenic drive in the Bighorn Canyon for two months of construction that will improve visitor safety permanently. Effective July 18, Forest System Road 33 – the Crazy Woman Road – will be closed to all vehicle and visitor traffic. Bighorn National Forest employees intend to improve the road…

A recent press release out of Greybull announced that Bighorn National Forest officials have lifted the nearly year-long closure of the Crater Ridge Fire Area today (July 13, 2022).  Visitors can now freely access the previously closed roads and areas. “Remember that entering burned areas increases risk of injury or damage to your equipment,” Acting…

Efforts to preserve a popular Bighorn Basin cave and its wildlife for future generations are being hindered by destructive and persistent vandalism. Currently, efforts to resume cleanup around the Tongue River Cave have been mobilizing and successful. But unfortunately, the effort is almost fruitless as progress made is quickly undone by vandalism. In the last…


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