By Bryce Cornatzer
25 July 2014
Two fires on the Shoshone National Forest are sending plumes of smoke into the Basin's sky.
Following the containment of the Dilworth fire Wednesday, the Swede Fire erupted around 5 pm. The lightning-ignited Swede Fire is burning 13 miles south of Highway 14-16-20 in the Washakie Wilderness. Eight acres have been consumed and the smoke from the fire is blowing along the North Fork corridor.
Officials are monitoring the fire and managing it with the protection of resources, personnel, and resources in mind.
Conditions are likely to change over the weekend, possibly resulting in further growth.
A second fire was reported Friday afternoon.
The Moss Creek Fire is burning five acres of forest 36 miles west of Cody, north of Highway 14-16-20.
Crews from the Park County Fire District and the Shoshone National Forest are on scene conducting the initial attack.
Kristie Salzman, Public Relations Officer with the Shoshone National Forest, says that the cause of the fire in under investigation.
Smoke from the two fires will be visible throughout the Basin in the following days.
Fires status will be updated in InciWed and on the Forest Service Twitter feed.