The Hardluck Fire in the Shoshone National Forest has been creeping north, toward a few abandoned frontier cabins near Needle Creek.
Forest Spokeswoman Kristie Salzmann says because other wildfires in the West threaten human life and properties, they take precedent.
“There’s only so many people and so many resources that can be utilized within the country to fight fires. And this one, since it doesn’t have the properties at risk, and because it is in such rugged terrain, we are just staying in the monitoring of it right now.”
A wildfire is threatening some summer homes and campgrounds southwest of Lander.
The homes in Homestead Park and campers in Sinks Canyon were evacuated today as the Fairfield Fire spread in hot and windy conditions in grass and sagebrush. Forest Service spokeswoman Kristie Salzman said about 50 structures were threatened but it's not clear how many of them are homes and how many were occupied.
The area is a very popular spot in the summer, attracting rock climbers, mountain bikers and hikers.