Crater Ridge Fire Extinguished

December 10, 2021

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A fire that had been burning in the Big Horn National Forest northwest of Sheridan for almost five months is no more.

As of 8am Friday (December 10th), fire officials from the Big Horn National Forest, Medicine Wheel Ranger District declared the Crater Ridge Fire has been extinguished.

The fire started in mid-July and burned nearly 7,700 acres of forest land.

Due to the terrain in the area, fire crews had difficulty getting to some areas of the fire.

It was 100 percent contained in mid-October, but contained doesn’t mean the fire was out.

Fully contained means crews were confident that the fire would not cross over any containment area that had been established.

A few areas in the forest are still closed as a result of fire activity.

A forest ranger spokesperson says dozer lines and temporary roads need to be rehabilitated and hazard trees along open roads need to be cut down. 

Remains of the burned cow camp may also be a danger to the public and need to be removed. 

It may take crews into next summer to complete all necessary fire rehabilitation before the closure can be lifted.

Click here to see a map of the closure area.

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Last modified: December 10, 2021

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