Grass Fire on the Bighorns

By Bryce Cornatzer
24 July 2014

The first fire of the season on the Bighorn Mountains has been reported.

Officials have determined that the fire currently burning in the Roane Creek of the Bighorns was started by lightning.

Public information officer with the Bighorn National Forest Susan Douglas says the fire is small in size, having burned only a half acre of grass and timber about three miles south of Highway 14A.

A helicopter, water tender, and Forest Service fire crews have all been mobilized to the site. Crews are building a fire line on the ground as the helicopter works to keep the fire from spreading further.

Managers ask that visitors keep clear of the burn area.

Hot and dry weather conditions are expected to continue. Officials are warning visitors to mind any recreational fires.

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