UPDATE: Forest officials are asking that people stop flying drones near wildland fires. Aircraft helping suppress the Shedhorn Fire have twice grounded because of safety issues resulting from drone incursions into the fire area. A second day of aircraft being grounded – including tankers, helicopters, and air attack – is resulting in increased fire activity on the Shedhorn Fire this afternoon and firefighters having to take a more indirect suppression approach.
The Shedhorn Fire, located on the Custer Gallatin National Forest between Big Sky and West Yellowstone in the head of the Taylor Fork drainage, was reported Monday afternoon around 4:00 p.m. The 64-acre fire is burning in timber and grass and located in steep, rugged terrain. Firefighters along with helicopter and air tankers are currently working the fire and its cause is under investigation. No closures are in place yet, but the district is looking at the need for any public safety concerns.