CODY, Wyo. — The Fishhawk Fire, located 40 miles west of Cody in the Washakie Wilderness is burning 11,130 acres as of Friday, according to a press release.
The fire was quieter Thursday, showing some activity until 1:30 am, then died down quite a bit for the rest of the night. Firefighters were monitoring the northern perimeter through the night.
Focus has been on the northern perimeter of the fire with protection of structures near the North Fork corridor where the fire fighters are able to safely work.
The west, east and south sides are in steep, rugged terrain with dry, heavy fuels.
Air operations have been a safer and more viable option for reconnaissance and monitoring the fire. Crews have finished their structure protection work in the Kitty Hawk drainage and Buffalo Bill Boy Scout Camp. They have moved to the north side of the highway to begin prepping from the Cross Sabres Lodge east to Blackwater Creek Ranch.
A community meeting will be held Friday evening at 6 pm at the Yellowstone Valley Inn located in Cody. Incident personnel will be available to answer questions. Doors open at 5:30 pm.
US Highway 14/16/20 continues to remain open with full access between Cody and Yellowstone National Park. Please be advised that smoke may impede travel and reduced speeds may be necessary.
The Rocky Mountain Blue Team has taken command of the 47 acre Stink Water Fire located 35 miles northwest of Cody. It is burning at high elevation in rugged steep terrain.
Air operations, smoke jumpers and hot shot crews are working to protect structures on private land.
The Shoshone National Forest has modified the forest area closure around the fire.
For more information please visit the Shoshone National Forest website.