Update: Fires on the BHNF Holding Even, Not Expanding

Eight wildfires were reported in the northern Big Horn National Forest after thunderstorms brought lightning across the area Thursday. Largest of these, the West Pass fire is about 15-acres in size.

As for the others, Big Horn National Forest Resource Officer Bernie Bornong says that one fire has been contained, three are staffed by BNF crews, and they have received resources for all of the fires but one as of Friday afternoon.

All under one-acre in size Thursday, three fires being fought since Thursday night include one near Bull Elk Park, one near Garland Gulch and one north of the Burgess Junction Visitor's Center. Fires are in heavy timber.

The other three fires include two located south of the Kerns winter range in the North Fork of the West Creek drainage, and the other near Garland Gulch. Jon Warder, Fire Management Officer, said these are also less than one-acre blazes, but they are in heavy timber and difficult to access.

Bornong talked about one of the big factors that will determine what will happen in the next few days.

Bornong indicated that none of the fires have grown in size and that they are holding even. The fire contained Thursday was near the head of Bear Gulch along Red Grade Road and the Big Horn Volunteer Fire Department handled containment.