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Medicine Wheel/Paint- rock District Ranger Dave Hogen said a fire in the Til- lett's Hole area just north of the Medicine Wheel was de- tected Thursday afternoon, likely sparked by Wednes- day's lightning storm. "We were able to put people on it Thursday after- noon and evening," Hogen said. "It's in rough, steep, timbered terrain, and it was a 1 to 1-hour hike into the area with a lot of saw work." Hogen said the fire was initially working its way up into the crowns of trees, then spotting 200 to 300 yards ahead, sending "50 cent piece embers skyward, making it a "messy burn." "They've been trying to find all of them (hot spots) and put them out, which is challenging in thick, downed timber," Hogen said. "Until yesterday (Monday), there was still a risk of it turn- ing into something big, but by Monday afternoon it was Hogen said the fire crew was performing gridding, systematically searching for embers and hot spots. In the end, the fire burned just two acres. Two 20-man crews fought the fire from the Wy- oming Hot Shots and a crew from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest of North- east Oregon. Local rang- er district personnel also fght the blaze. ...... "We responded quick- ly and had the right people available to respond," Ho- DAVID PECK A frefighting Huey takes off from Phyllis Bronkema's feld east of Lovell Tuesday morning after refueling as members of the Bronkema/Walker family and fire crew members look on. gen said, noting that the Or- egon crew was working in the Ten Sleep area when the call came. ..... : A fire on BLM land just to the east of Big Horn Can- yon near the Montana-Wyo- ming border was ignited by lightning on Monday night, BLM Public Affairs Spe- cialist Sarah Beckwith said Tuesday. The Trout Creek Fire was burning grass and sagebrush and also getting into juniper, Beckwith said, and by Tuesday night had spread to an estimated 600 acres. After the fire was spot- ted Monday evening, BLM and Forest Service person- nel responded to the site of the fire some 20 miles north- east of LoveU and less than a mile south of the Montana state line with three helicop- ters, two heavy air tankers, the Worland Fuels Crew (22 firefighters) and one BLM engine from Cody, Beckwith said. Resources Tuesday in- cluded two helicopters, the BLM Worland Fuels Crew and the BLM Cody engine. There are no structures immediately threatened, Beckwith said. HELICOPTER LANDING After fighting the Trout Creek Fire, one helicop- ter had to make an emer- gency landing about a mile east of Lovell Monday night due to high winds and light- ning that came with a se- vere thunderstorm moving through the area. The Helicopter Ex- press Huey landed in a field owned by Phyllis Bronke- ma around 8:30 Monday night after dropping wa- ter and flying firefighting crew members to the fire. It was attempting to fly to the North Big Horn Airport north of Cowley when the flight crew made the precau- tionary landing near U.S. Highway 14A and the lane to Bronkema's home. After being fueled, the helicopter lifted off around 8:30 Tuesday morning. DAVID PECK Big Horn County Sheriff Ken Blackburn, complete with unifoima, was a good port participating in the fund-raising dunking booth Saturday afternoon in the Byron Town Park. Here, he hoists himself back onto his precarious perch. Pioneer Day features old favorites, a few changes BY DAVID PECK There will be a couple of new wrinkles added to the Pioneer Day lineup this year, but all of the traditional fa- vorite activities will return for the 2012 celebration this weekend in Cowley. One of the highlights Saturday will be the dedication of a historical plaque at the Big Horn Academy building (now the school district offices) by the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization. "We've been blessed with a lot of historical buildings, and a few years ago the Daughters of Utah Pioneers put a plaque on Town Hall, denoting it as a historical build- ing," said Roland Simmons of the Pioneer Day Committee. ey'll do the same thing at the Big Horn Academy Sat- ttrday at 1:30 p.m." The detailed history presented on the plaque explains that the Big Horn Academy building was constructed of native sandstone in 1916. Stones for the building were hauled from hills five miles north of Cowley, shaped at the site and set in place without the benefit of power equip- ment, the plaque notes. The new academy opened its doors for students in Sep- tember of 1919, with some 85-95 students coming from sur- rounding communities. The academy was discontinued in 1924, and the building was sold to the school district, then used as Cowley High School until 1983. After being used by a private business for several years, it has gone back into the hands of School District No. 1 and after an extensive remodeling project in 2011 is now the District One admin- istrative building, also housing the Rocky Mountain Ele- mentary School Preschool. Simmons pointed out one schedule change in the Pio- neer Day lineup from past years. The adult dance and min- gle, formerly held on Saturday night following the night program/variety show, has been moved to Friday night fol- lowing the ice cream social. The social will run from 7 to 9 See 'PIONEER DAY' page 8 Three wild mustangs removed in first week of gather the Montana border. So far, three young horses have been captured in bait traps and removed from the range. M1 three are being held at Britton Springs Corrals, which is located on Crooked Creek Road near the Wyo- ming/Montana border. All of the horses will be made available for adoption to pre-screened individuals at a future date. The BLM has stated that none of the hors- es will be slaughtered. Two young stallions BY PATTI CARPENTER The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) be- gan gathering and remov- ing excess wild horses last week from the Pryor Moun- tain Wild Horse Range lo- cated north of Lovell across COURTESY Lore GRAHAM TWO young stallions identified as Kokopelli and Jumping Badger were the first to be captured and removed from the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range last week as part of an effort by the BLM to reduce the population of horses living on the range. identified as Kokopelli and Jumping Badger were the first to be gathered and re- moved from the range. The two were gathered on July 11 and 12 from the Cotton- wood Springs and Layout Creek trap sites. Jumping Badger is 3 years old and Ko- kopelli is 2. The third horse gath- ered on July 16 is a female and is being held in a sepa- rate paneled enclosure away from the males. She was gathered at Bad Pass and she is known on official BLM records as Leisel. Accord- ing to records kept at the Pryor Mountain Wild Mus- tang Center (PMWMC), she is a yearling offspring of the stallion Bristol and the mare known as Greta. The BLM issued a re- port this week stating that, "the female horse is in poor body condition due to natural hardships on the range. The BLM is evaluating the horse's condition and determin- ing the need for veterinary care." Lori Graham, director of the PMWMC in Lovell, and other wild mustang ad- vocates visited the horses at Britton Springs Corrals. Graham said the female looked "beat up, like maybe the other horses on the range had been picking on her." Graham said she thought the male horses 'looked good See 'HORSE GATHER' page8