Rainfall on the Swede Fire in Washakie Wilderness stunts its growth

(Cody, Wyo.) – Almost one-half inch of rain has fallen on the Swede Fire in the past 24 hours, according to Shoshone National Forest officials. The Swede Fire, which was discovered on July 24th, remains at 1529 acres.

A remote weather station was placed in the vicinity of the fire at the end of July and has since received 1.39 inches of rain. The Swede Fire remains deep in the Washakie Wilderness in the Elk Fork drainage.

The forecast for the coming weekend indicates some higher temperatures in the 80’s with continued chance of evening thunderstorms scattered throughout the area.  No growth is anticipated on the Swede Fire for the next 3 to 5 days.

Monitoring efforts will continue on the fire to evaluate public safety in the area. The fire is achieving fuel reduction objectives and returning natural ecological processes to the landscape.  The Swede Fire is currently the only active fire on the northern part of the Shoshone National Forest.

For more information on the Swede Fire, or any other wildland fires on the Shoshone National Forest, follow us on Twitter at @ShoshoneNF, go to http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/, or visit our website athttp://www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone/.

–Provided by the Shoshone National Forest