Elite Interagency Hotshot crews are among the firefighters assigned to battle a relatively small blaze burning in the Bighorn National Forest in northern Wyoming.

As of midday Thursday, 241 personnel are assigned to the 383-acre Crater Ridge fire burning on national forest land in Sheridan County. While recent rains and humid temperatures have kept the fire from growing, fire managers are making long-term plans to battle the fire.

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According to the federal incident management website inciweb, thanks to rugged terrain, continuous fuels and otherwise difficult access.

On Thursday, crews planned to continue making progress on building a containment line along the Boyd Ridge south of the fire. Additionally, a feller-buncher will clear a swath of trees along the fireline.

Meanwhile, several hotshot and hand crews are preparing a containment line along Pumpkin Creek.

Heading into Friday, unseasonably warm temperatures are expected as relative humidity will fall, making conditions more favorable for fire growth.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are currently in place for Sheridan County, where the fire is burning.

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