Lightning starts fire in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area Wednesday

(Cody, WY) — Firefighters are currently responding to the report of a new fire in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area on the Clarks Fork Ranger District of the Shoshone National Forest, according to a press release from the Shoshone National Forest office. 

The fire is located within the wilderness area 1/2 mile east of Willow Park and north of the Pilot Creek gravel pit.

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Along with a helicopter and helitack from Yellowstone National Park, Shoshone National Forest firefighters are responding to a 1/10th acre lightning-caused fire. Additionally, a large helicopter that has been assigned to the Crater Ridge Fire on the Bighorn National Forest is assisting with water drops over this new fire start.

“We are grateful to have aerial support nearby that can quickly assist our ground resources in responding to yet another fire started by lightning,” said Shoshone National Forest Supervisor Lisa Timchak.

“We anticipate this summer to be a long one for our firefighters and are thankful that our understanding public is helping keep human-caused fires to a minimum.”

This fire is now the third fire caused by lightning to start on the Shoshone National Forest in the past two days.


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