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The fire season “begins” in Yellowstone National Park, although several fires have already been spotted and contained throughout the park this summer – and the season isn’t ending anytime soon. Summer 2022 has been relatively quiet in Yellowstone National Park – at least when it comes to wildland fires. No significant fires have sparked this…

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…

Effective July 28, every county in the Bighorn Basin – and several others in western and central Wyoming – will be under Stage One Fire Restrictions due to high fire danger. Due to dry conditions and high fire danger, Stage 1 Fire Restrictions will begin July 28 on public lands administered by the Bureau of…

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…

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…

Despite so much moisture in the last month, Shoshone National Forest is dry enough for a small fire to start and burn after a lightning strike near the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. On Wednesday evening, a new fire was reported in the Corral Creek area south of Crandall and the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. A…

Despite “thousand-year” flooding just two weeks ago, Yellowstone National Park is dry enough for its fire danger to rise for the first time in Summer 2022. Moderate fire danger isn’t a cause of much concern in Yellowstone. But, it’s a sign of a potentially dangerous summer to come. On Monday, June 27, the fire danger…

While the flames are finally fully extinguished, the closure area surrounding the Crater Ridge Fire will remain closed for a significant portion of 2022. Last Friday, Dec. 10, fire officials with Medicine Wheel Ranger District of Bighorn National Forest released a statement. In the report, the officials announced the Crater Ridge Fire – one of…


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