July 26, 2013 - The Hardluck Fire was started by lightning on July 17, 2013 deep in the Washakie Wilderness. When it was discovered on July 20 by a fire detection flight it was 2 to 3 acres in size. Warm, dry weather has facilitated fire growth. This morning the fire was estimated at 1200 acres and is burning in rugged, inaccesible terrain.
The heat generated by the fire was largely responsible for a few thunderstorms developing over the fire. A bright white thunderhead can be seen in this visible satellite image over the fire where the smoke plume begins. Thunderstorm tops (bright white with darker anvil heads) can also be seen to the north over Yellowstone National Park. Notice the much larger smoke plume extends to near Wyoming's eastern border in this image taken at 715 PM.