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  • NJFFSA16
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    August 28th

    KAYCEE, Wyo. (AP) - Aided by cooler weather and rain,
    firefighters expect to have complete containment of a wildfire
    southwest of here by Thursday.
    "They got a lot of rain this weekend," fire spokeswoman Lesley
    Collins said Monday.
    A couple of fire engines were allowed to leave the fire Sunday,
    but there were still some 220 firefighters on the scene, Collins
    said.
    The fire burning in the Hole-in-the-Wall area of Johnson County
    was 60 percent contained Monday morning. It has burned about 12,300
    acres, about 19 square miles, of trees and shrub.
    The rain also helped to dampen Casper Mountain in areas that
    were still smoldering from the recent Jackson Canyon Fire, Natrona
    County Fire District Chief Clyde Young said Sunday.
    "This rain will sure help us settle down all the fires in
    Natrona County," Young said. "The fires have been getting out of
    control lately. We've had an awful lot of lightning in the last few
    days, but this rain has been helping control it."
    Young said mudslides could become a problem on Casper Mountain
    if the heavy rains continue, but said he hasn't heard any reports
    of problems yet.
    Elsewhere in Wyoming, a fire burning 21 miles west of Dubois was
    classified as 40 percent contained on Monday. The fire in the
    Bridger-Teton National Forest has burned more than 22,000 acres, or
    about 34 square miles. While the acreage figure is up sharply from
    late last week, officials say that's the result of more accurate
    mapping.
    There are 576 personnel assigned to the fire. Both its potential
    for growth and the terrain difficulty are classified as extreme.
    Another 1,300-acre fire burning 30 miles northeast of Pinedale
    in the forest was 50 percent contained.

    (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    August 27th

    Rain helps firefighters in Bridger-Teton, Shoshone
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Firefighters got some help from half an
    inch of rain that fell on parts of a large wildfire straddling the
    Continental Divide between Dubois and Jackson Hole.
    The rainfall kept the Purdy fire from growing Sunday beyond the
    21,000 acres - or 33 square miles - that it had blackened already,
    according to fire information officer Pam Wilson.
    The fire still was 40 percent contained. Given the rain and
    temperatures in the 60s, firefighters hoped to report more
    containment by Monday.
    However, dry weather and temperatures in the 80s were expected
    to return this week. "As it starts to warm up and dry out, we
    could see some active fire behavior over the next couple days,"
    Wilson said.
    She said it would take even more rain to snuff the fire.
    "The general feeling is that this will fire will probably burn
    until we have a season-ending event, which is significant rainfall
    or snowfall," she said.
    Lightning started the fire Aug. 4.
    Elsewhere in Wyoming, crews had a wildfire 20 miles southwest of
    Kaycee 50 percent contained on Sunday. The fire covered about
    12,300 acres, or 19 square miles, near Hole-in-the-Wall.
    The fire destroyed a restored historic cabin linked to the
    Johnson County War of the 1890s.

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  • NJFFSA16
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    August 24th

    KAYCEE, Wyo. (AP) - A wildfire was burning in an area near where
    famed outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to hide out.
    The fire had burned about 12,000 acres in the rugged area of the
    Hole-in-the-Wall, about 20 miles southwest of Kaycee.
    The fire was started by lightning on Tuesday, according to Diane
    Martin, with the Casper Interagency Fire Dispatch.
    Firefighters had no containment as of Thursday afternoon, Martin
    said.
    In the 1890s, Cassidy and his band of outlaws made use of the
    Hole-in-the-Wall area as a hideout after robbing banks and trains.
    One of the names for the group was the "Hole-in-the-Wall Gang."

    (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    August 17th

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Crews made progress on Thursday toward
    controlling the wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds
    of homes this week south of Casper.
    Bill Crapser, Wyoming state forester, said early Thursday
    evening that the number of firefighters on the scene had steadily
    increased this week to more than 400. He said weather forecasters
    were calling for cooler conditions on Friday, which should help
    suppression efforts.
    "I guess we'll say we're guardedly optimistic," Crapser said.
    "But nobody's willing to celebrate quite yet. The wind has done
    enough strange things to us the last couple of days that we're not
    quite ready to celebrate quite yet."
    The fire grew to just over 11,000 acres - more than 17 square
    miles - by Thursday evening, Crapser said. That's up from a
    reported 10,000 acres that morning.
    "We had a little bit of growth from the northeast corner this
    afternoon," Crapser said, adding that winds during the day had
    gusted up to 50 mph.
    The fire was classified as 30 percent contained Thursday
    morning, but Crapser said he expects that figure would rise to
    about 50 percent containment when managers assessed the situation
    Thursday evening.
    Crews were able to keep the fire from burning any homes on
    Thursday. Since the fire started on Monday, it has burned four
    cabins, but no injuries have been reported. Crapser said about 400
    homes have been evacuated.
    The fire is burning on Casper Mountain about 5 miles south of
    Casper, Wyoming's second-largest city near the center of the state.
    Gov. Dave Freudenthal toured the fire Thursday morning. In a
    telephone interview afterward, he credited firefighters with
    stopping the fire as it made several runs toward developed areas
    Wednesday night.
    Freudenthal said he'd spoken with lawmakers about the cost of
    the firefighting effort, and had their support to spend what it
    takes to protect homes.
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency pledged to help the
    state cover three-quarters of the eligible portion of the cost.
    Freudenthal said the costs at this point are unknown, but said they
    would amount to several million dollars.
    "When you bring in these big helicopters and some of these
    fixed-wing aircraft, it's expensive," Freudenthal said.
    Rick Young, spokesman for the Natrona County Fire Protection
    District, said Thursday that engine teams from local fire
    departments played a critical role in protecting houses from flames
    in the thickly timbered subdivisions.
    Young estimated that as many as 100 local firefighters from
    departments including Casper, Mills and Bar Nunn, were working in
    shifts around the clock.
    "It's vital, just with the shortage of resources across the
    United States," Young said of the support from the local engine
    crews. "We rely on them so much. It's absolutely incredible, the
    support we've been getting from them."

    (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    August 16th

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - More firefighters and equipment arrived
    Wednesday in attempts to fend off a wildfire threatening hundreds
    of houses near Casper.
    "We haven't lost any homes, but it's real close," said State
    Forester Bill Crapser.
    The fire expanded rapidly in shifting winds and headed toward a
    subdivision of about 50 homes, Crapser said.
    The fire was burning on Casper Mountain, about five miles south
    of Wyoming's second-largest city. The lightning-sparked blaze had
    already burned nearly 10,000 acres, or 15 square miles, since
    Monday. Gov. Dave Freudenthal declared a state of emergency
    Tuesday.
    A top-level federal fire management team took control Wednesday
    morning.
    An estimated 300 homes in the heavily forested area were ordered
    evacuated Monday and Tuesday. More evacuation orders were likely,
    Crapser said.
    Officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise,
    Idaho, said all available equipment and crews are fully engaged on
    more than 50 large wildfires across the West.
    Idaho led the nation with 15 large wildfires Wednesday,
    including several on the fringes of rural mountain communities.
    The state Department of Environmental Quality issued what it
    said was its first "red" air quality alert for the populous Boise
    Valley after drifting smoke from wildfires sent ozone pollution to
    unhealthy levels.
    Elsewhere, firefighters were battling a lightning-sparked
    wildfire that had doubled in size to 40,000 acres, or 62 square
    miles, in Elko County, Nev. Army troops were assigned to two fires
    that have blackened more than 140 square miles in northern
    Washington state.
    Nationwide, more than 6.3 million acres have burned this year,
    well above the 10-year average of less than 4 million acres burned
    by this time of year, according to the NIFC.
    "We're focusing on protecting community infrastructure,
    historical resources and precious watersheds," said Rose Davis, a
    Forest Service spokeswoman at the NIFC. "We need to look at where
    we can be the most effective with what we have, knowing these fires
    could keep burning for another month or so."
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    On the Net:
    National Interagency Fire Center: http://www.nifc.gov/

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  • NJFFSA16
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    wyoming 2006

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Gov. Dave Freudenthal declared a state of
    emergency Tuesday afternoon as winds pushed a fast-moving wildfire
    toward hundreds of evacuated homes south of Casper.
    The fire, first reported Monday morning, had burned about 7,000
    acres by Tuesday evening with no containment, the governor's office
    said.
    Officials said winds were driving flames and had forced
    firefighters to pull back in places Tuesday afternoon and
    concentrate on structural protection.
    "They've put some pretty big dozer lines around the radio
    towers up there, and where they can around the subdivision. But the
    problem is where the wind kicks up and starts spotting over the
    lines," said State Forester Bill Crapser, who said there were
    temperatures into the 90s and wind gusts of 27 mph Tuesday evening.
    And, Crapser said, conditions weren't expected to improve
    Wednesday.
    "The weather report isn't favorable for tomorrow," he said.
    "We have more air resources that we've been able to spring loose
    from other fires coming in tomorrow."
    The fire has burned on areas of Casper Mountain, about five
    miles south of Casper - Wyoming's second-largest city, near the
    center of the state.
    Freudenthal said Tuesday afternoon that his office was pushing
    to get more federal firefighting resources assigned to the fire.
    "It's really more of everything," Freudenthal said, describing
    what resources are needed. "And there's stuff moving, we've got
    another helicopter coming. Unfortunately the whole country is a
    little stretched, so we continue to push."
    A top-level federal fire-management team from Utah was scheduled
    to take over management of the firefighting operations Tuesday
    afternoon.
    "Part of the difficulty is the extensive amount of beetle-kill
    (dead trees), and the extremely dry weather we've had,"
    Freudenthal said.
    Crapser said at about 3:30 p.m. that significant winds had come
    up in the preceding hour.
    "We've had to pull people off the line and put them in a
    structural protection mode, where they're just trying to protect
    houses in the vicinity," Crapser said.
    "We're still calling for resources all around the country. With
    the fire activity going on about the country, resources are hard to
    come by," Crapser said. "It's not looking really good up there
    right now."
    Crapser said firefighters were pulled back from the line in
    places because embers from the fire were blowing across fire lines
    and creating spot fires behind firefighters.
    Crapser estimated about 225 firefighters were on the fire, but
    said he expected numbers to go up significantly as more crews are
    pulled off of other fires elsewhere. He said local firefighters and
    volunteer fire departments are using fire engines to try to protect
    houses in the area.
    Rick Young, spokesman for the Natrona County Fire Protection
    District, said authorities on Tuesday morning had ordered the
    evacuation of several subdivisions on Casper Mountain. He said they
    hold hundreds of homes.
    Residents were allowed in Monday to remove valuables from their
    homes and cabins, but on Tuesday the area was closed completely. A
    cabin, outbuilding and a private pickup truck have been reported
    burned, but no injuries were reported.
    "We have three that are in immediate danger, that we're not
    sure are going to make it or not at this point," Young said of
    homes in the area of the fire. "And there's no way to get in to
    them."
    Conditions had forced firefighters to pull back as much as 2
    miles, Young said.
    "Right now, things are not going well for us, the winds have
    picked up," Young said. "Smoke's so bad, we're losing visuals."
    Young said the fire was heading southeast, moving toward houses,
    radio communication towers and a local ski area.
    ---
    On the Net:
    Casper fire evacuation map:
    http://www.casperwy.gov/documents/Au...cuationMap.pdf

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  • NJFFSA16
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    July 25th

    MOSKEE, Wyo. (AP) - Evacuated residents returned to their homes
    near this northeast Wyoming town, and fire crews were hopeful that
    cooler, wet weather Monday would help them make progress on a group
    of wildfires that had burned about 2,500 acres near the
    Wyoming-South Dakota line.
    Information officer Brenda Bowen said the group of five fires
    was 10 percent contained. Most of the fires were only a few acres
    in size and completely lined, Bowen said, though one, the Cement
    fire, near Moskee, remained a concern. More than 240 personnel were
    fighting the fires early Monday, but the number was expected to
    grow later in the day with the arrival of a special management
    team, she said.
    The Cement fire started on Black Hills National Forest land and
    was burning through trees and heavy slash on steep terrain, she
    said.
    Residents of 11 homes evacuated voluntarily over the weekend had
    returned by Monday, she said, and cooler weather and rain were
    expected to aid firefighting efforts.
    "They should be able to get in and access some of the area they
    weren't able to before because of extreme fire concerns," Bowen
    said.
    Rain-slickened roads were a concern Monday, and fire crews were
    mindful of the potential for gusty conditions and increased fire
    activity, she said. Firefighters hoped to make progress on the fire
    while the weather remained relatively cool and conditions more
    favorable, she said. Temperatures were expected to return to the
    90s by later in the week.
    "So we'll work as quick as we can," Bowen said.
    The fires in Crook County are the first to tap into a state and
    local insurance account to help pay for the cost of fighting large
    wildfires, according to the Wyoming State Forestry Division. The
    account has $3.6 million.

    (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    July 21st

    Fire breaks out in beetle-killed area near Yellowstone

    CODY, Wyo. (AP) - A wildfire has broken out near a lodge amid
    numerous dead trees east of Yellowstone National Park.
    Firefighters expect to get the five-acre fire under control
    sometime today (Thursday).
    The area along the North Fork of the Shoshone River has worried
    firefighters because of the potential for vast numbers of
    beetle-killed trees to fuel a severe wildfire.
    But forest spokesman Gordon Warren says a new tree-thinning
    program in the beetle-killed areas is helping firefighters keep
    today's fire under control.
    A five-acre fire is also burning northwest of the West Thumb of
    Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park. But that fire is
    being allowed to burn for forest management reasons.
    Drying grass has meanwhile prompted the Bureau of Land
    Management to enact fire restrictions on B-L-M land in eight
    eastern counties: Johnson, Sheridan, Crook, Weston, Converse,
    Natrona, Goshen and Platte.


    (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    April 15th

    FORT WASHAKIE, Wyo. (AP) - A large wildfire bore down on this
    town of 250 on the Wind River Indian Reservation on Sunday, burning
    a vacant building and prompting a full evacuation.
    No injuries were reported.
    The fire was at least five miles long along the banks of the
    Little Wind River, according to R.J. Shakespeare, chief medical
    officer with the Fort Washakie Fire Department.
    "It's right on the inside of town," he said.
    The burned building was the former Bureau of Indian Affairs
    headquarters for the reservation, which has been vacant for several
    years. Other buildings in the BIA compound on the edge of town were
    unscathed, but much of the north end of town was shrouded in smoke.
    All roads into Fort Washakie were closed, including U.S. 287.
    The fire went under the U.S. 287 bridge at the river, according to
    a witness, Ernie Over, of Lander.
    Ivan Posey, chairman of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, said the
    flames were being fueled by thick vegetation in the river bottom
    and 25-mph wind gusting to 35 mph.
    "There's some old cottonwood trees, so I think some of that is
    pretty dry tinder," he said. "There's a lot of brush down there -
    a lot of brush and a lot of dry grass."
    The evacuees included residents of Morning Star Manor nursing
    home, some of whom were wheeled out and put in ambulances and other
    vehicles, according to Over.
    Evacuees were being taken in shuttle buses to a Red Cross
    shelter at Wind River High School in Ethete, about eight miles east
    of Fort Washakie. An ambulance was also standing by at the school.
    Fire units responded from all over Fremont County, including
    Riverton and Lander, and a command center was set up at the Fort
    Washakie Fire Department.

    (Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    Winter Wildfire

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A grass fire fanned by 50-mph winds
    destroyed two structures and scorched 5,700 acres of prairie about
    10 miles southeast of Cheyenne on Tuesday.
    "We had a fairly large grass fire. In fact it's about five to
    six miles long and one-and-a-half miles wide," said Laramie County
    Fire District 1 Assistant Fire Chief J.D. Steele.
    No one was injured, but a shed and vacant trailer were
    destroyed, he said.
    The cause was ruled accidental.
    "It looks like it may have been someone cleaning ashes out of a
    chimney," Steele said. "They may have done that (Monday) night,
    disposed them out back and when the wind kicked up, it rekindled
    them a little bit."
    The blaze, which blackened private and state land, crossed into
    Colorado by late afternoon.
    Winds of 30-35 mph with gusts over 50 mph and hilly terrain
    hampered containment efforts. The fire broke out shortly before 2
    p.m. and was contained about 7:30 p.m.
    The fire was near a wind farm but moved away from the turbines,
    Steele said. Nearby cattle were herded from danger using
    all-terrain vehicles.
    About 50 firefighters from five county districts, F.E. Warren
    Air Force Base, Wyoming National Guard and Nunn, Colo., answered
    the call.
    Laramie County graders helped carve out fire line, and a private
    Cheyenne contractor provided water tender support, Steele said.
    The fire was south of Chalk Bluffs Road near Rosetta Road.

    (Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    8/25

    Shoshone fires continue to burn

    (Cody-AP) -- Several fires continue to burn today (Monday) in
    the Shoshone (SHOW'-show-nee) National Forest to the east of
    Yellowstone.
    A ten-thousand-500-acre fire in the forest's Washakie Wilderness
    is 20 percent contained. Firefighters are working to keep the
    Boulder Basin fire from burning into drainage basins occupied by a
    campground, several homes and historic structures.
    The fire did see increased activity because of warmer and drier
    weather but didn't spread a lot.
    Firefighters doused several spot fires ahead of the main fire.
    Crews also are working to keep the Boulder Basin fire from
    spreading into the Boulder Creek area.
    Two other fires are burning west of Cody. Neither fire was
    threatening any structures.
    And five fires burning in the Teton Wilderness Area, the
    Jedediah Smith Wilderness Area, and near Jackson Lake in Grand
    Teton National Park are being allowed to burn to improve forest
    health.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    8/21

    A look at wildfires in Wyoming
    By The Associated Press
    EAST and GRIZZLY - East side of Yellowstone National Park.
    18,300 acres combined. East entrance of park closed. More than 600
    personnel involved in fighting it. Four private vehicles lost.
    TYSON - In Yellowstone, 50 miles west of Cody, 150 acres. 80
    percent contained.
    UNION - Southwest Yellowstone Park. 400 acres. Being allowed to
    burn in a remote area. Being monitored from the air.
    NORRIS - Shoshone National Forest. Thirty-five miles west of
    Cody, 1,000 acres. No containment. Being monitored from the air
    because of its remote location.
    NORTH BIGHORN COMPLEX - Bighorn National Forest. The Little Horn
    2 fire has burned 7,400 acres and the Riley fire 850. Little Horn
    is 70 percent contained. Riley 100 percent contained. Firefighters
    began demobilizing Wednesday.
    BLACKWATER: Shoshone National Forest. Blackwater Creek drainage
    about 40 miles west of Cody. 200 acres. 10 percent contained. 25
    firefighters assigned.
    BOULDER BASIN: Shoshone National Forest. 6,000 acres. Near South
    Fork of Shoshone River. No containment. 50 firefighters.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    8/12/03

    By The Associated Press
    A fast-growing wildfire closed the east entrance to Yellowstone
    National Park on Tuesday night as crews continued efforts to
    protect 20 cabins in the Big Horn Mountains from another blaze that
    more than doubled in size.
    The park's East Entrance Road was closed at about 5:30 p.m.
    after the 1,900-acre fire crept to within one-eighth mile of the
    road near Cub Creek, park spokeswoman Marsha Karle said.
    The west end of the road was still open, and no structures were
    threatened by the blaze, which was started Monday by lightning.
    Helicopters were dropping water to prevent the fire from spreading,
    Karle said.
    Scores of other fires were burning elsewhere in Wyoming,
    including Grand Teton National Park, south of Lusk, west of Kaycee,
    southwest of Buffalo and in Sweetwater County.
    In the Bighorn National Forest, crews were trying to hold ground
    against the 700-acre Little Horn Two fire, which threatened to rain
    embers down on the 20 evacuated cabins from a rocky ridge.
    Winds from an overnight thunderstorm fanned the fire.
    Crews scraped a line Tuesday on the steep, rocky slope above the
    cabins, but the fire continued moving closer to the homes and
    burned through fire retardant drops, forest spokeswoman Patti Bell
    said.
    The cabins were also fireproofed with water pumps and hoses, and
    combustible materials were removed from roofs, gutters and around
    the homes. A Hot Shots crew was on scene, and three more were
    ordered.
    Another round of dry lightning storms was expected Tuesday
    night. Hot temperatures were also predicted to continue, with
    little relief in sight.
    "Structure protection will be one of the highest priorities
    (Wednesday) with the Hot Shots working on any spotting from the
    ridge trying to keep the fire from slopping over to the area of the
    cabins," Bell said.
    Elsewhere in the Big Horn Mountains area, the 125-acre Middle
    Gate fire 15 miles west of Kaycee was 60 percent contained and full
    containment was predicted for Tuesday evening.
    A heavy helicopter dumped water on the fire Monday, according to
    state Forestry Division spokesman Ray Weidenhaft.
    "That kind of saved our bacon," he said. "We were able to get
    some good support for the hand crews."
    Southwest of Buffalo, firefighters contained the Big Spring fire
    two days early at 3,340 acres. The blaze started three weeks ago
    during a lightning storm and cost $3.3 million to fight.
    In Grand Teton National Park, about 50 firefighters backed up by
    helicopters hoped to fully contain the Blacktail fire by Wednesday.
    U.S. 26/89/191 and Gros Ventre Road between Gros Ventre Junction
    and Kelly were reopened after being closed temporarily.
    The fire grew from 500 acres Monday to 2,730 acres Tuesday, but
    was 50 percent contained.
    "The fire is not moving as rapidly as it did yesterday," park
    spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo said. "It's not growing like it did
    yesterday. Things are looking much better."
    Fifty miles north of Gillette, a fire started by lightning
    Monday had burned 200 acres. It was 60 percent contained.
    Similarly, a 260-acre fire eight miles south of Lusk was 50
    percent contained. More than 115 firefighters were at the Rawhide
    fire after more personnel were ordered, fire information officer
    Lesley Collins said.
    Buildings at a ranch about a mile away were being guarded but
    were not considered in any immediate danger.
    In northwest Wyoming, 12 wildfires had ignited in Bridger-Teton
    National Forest, the largest of which was a 325-acre blaze burning
    near the Gros Ventre Wilderness Area on Lloyd Creek. More than 60
    firefighters were on scene, with full containment expected by
    Thursday, forest spokesman Jason Anderson said.
    Another seven small fires were burning in Shoshone National
    Forest. Yellowstone National Park had 16 fires, including one that
    burned an entire island in Yellowstone Lake.
    In southwest Wyoming, nearly 30 wildfires have started since
    Friday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said.
    Lightning was blamed for a fire about 15 miles south of Rock
    Springs, burning about 160 acres of mixed juniper and sage.
    A fire on Pine Mountain near the Utah-Colorado border had burned
    about 20 acres. A blaze in Uinta County had burned 15 acres north
    of Interstate 80 and west of U.S. 189.

    ----
    On the Net:
    National Interagency Fire Center: http://www.nifc.gov
    Yellowstone fires: http://www.nps.gov/yell/technical/fire
    Grand Teton, Bridger-Teton forest fires:
    http://www.tetonfires.com
    Big Horn National Forest fires: http://www.fs.fed.us/r2/bighorn


    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • NJFFSA16
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    August 11th

    PARKMAN, Wyo. (AP) - Twenty summer cabins in north-central
    Wyoming were evacuated because of a quickly growing wildfire in the
    Bighorn National Forest, officials said Monday.
    The fire was one of scores in Wyoming sparked by lightning over
    the weekend. Another temporarily closed roads in Jackson Hole,
    including the main route through Grand Teton National Park.
    At least seven fires in the state were burning on at least 100
    acres. Across the West, there were 37 large fires.
    In the Big Horn Mountains near the Montana border, occupants of
    a summer home group were not being allowed to retrieve any items
    because of the danger of the Little Horn 2 fire. The blaze is on a
    ridge on the west side of the Little Bighorn Canyon above the
    homes, Bighorn forest spokeswoman Patti Bell said.
    "There is not immediate concern about the fire reaching the
    area," she said. "However, structure protection is in place due
    to concern about sparks and embers flying into the area of the
    cabins. Crews are working to spray down the area to prevent any
    sparks from taking light."
    Lightning started the blaze Saturday about 15 miles west of
    Parkman and a mile south of the Montana border. By Monday evening
    it had grown to 125 acres, crisping ponderosa pine and Douglas fir
    while spreading north and south. Containment was at zero percent.
    Temperatures in the 90s, relative humidities in the low 20s and
    gusty winds contributed to growth, Bell said. The forecast was for
    "continuous high burning conditions with no relief in site for at
    least the next week."
    Sunday, local crews worked with two helicopters making water
    bucket drops, and air tankers dropped five loads of retardant.
    Crews were digging a fire break between the fire and the homes
    at the base of the canyon. The area has very steep slopes, and
    forest officials were controlling access into the canyon and trails
    in the area.
    Also in the Big Horns, a fire had burned 105 acres about 15
    miles west of Kaycee.
    Meanwhile, crews continued to battle the Big Spring fire
    southwest of Buffalo. The fire was 80 percent contained, and full
    containment was expected Thursday. The fire has cost more than $3.3
    million to fight since it began July 19.
    In northwest Wyoming, the Blacktail fire east of Jackson Hole
    Airport forced park officials to close Highway 26/89/191 in Grand
    Teton National Park for several hours Sunday evening. The Gros
    Ventre Road into Kelly was also closed for a time. Some campers
    left the Gros Ventre Campground because of smoke.
    Rain and improved weather helped firefighters, and the highway
    was open Monday morning along with all park services and
    attractions. The 700-acre fire was 50 percent contained.
    "All the services are operating under normal circumstances,"
    park spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo said Monday.
    Lightning over the weekend sparked 16 wildfires in Yellowstone
    National Park. All were small and in remote areas and did not
    affect tourist attractions. The largest, 600 acres, was being
    allowed to burn itself out on Frank Island on Yellowstone Lake.
    Six fires were started in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. The
    largest was 80 acres, on Lloyd Creek in the Gros Ventre Wilderness.
    Seven wildfires were started on the Shoshone National Forest.
    Fast responses by crews kept all but one to one-tenth of an acre or
    less. The largest was 6 acres, located in the Crow Creek drainage
    about 52 miles west of Cody.
    On Saturday, a thunderstorm caused some flare-ups in the Deep
    Lake fire west of Clark that started July 16. The back side of the
    fire is being allowed to burn due to concerns for firefighter
    safety in the extremely rugged terrain.
    In southeast Wyoming, a fire spewing 5-foot flames threatened a
    ranch about eight miles south of Lusk. The fire was started by
    lightning on Saturday and had burned 120 acres.
    On Monday, crews built lines and conducted burns to rob the fire
    of fuel. They had 10 percent of the fire contained Monday
    afternoon, according to fire spokeswoman Lesley Collins.
    In southwest Wyoming, nearly 30 wildfires have started since
    Friday, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials said.
    Lightning was blamed for a fire about 15 miles south of Rock
    Springs, burning about 160 acres of mixed juniper and sage.
    A fire on Pine Mountain near the Utah-Colorado border had burned
    about 20 acres. A blaze in Uinta County had burned 15 acres north
    of Interstate 80 and west of U.S. 189.

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    On the Net:
    National Interagency Fire Center: http://www.nifc.gov
    Yellowstone fires: http://www.nps.gov/yell/technical/fire
    Grand Teton, Bridger-Teton forest fires:
    http://www.tetonfires.com

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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    Crews contain Red Creek fire as Big Spring grows

    (Undated-AP) -- Crews fully contained a fire on Casper Mountain
    tonight but had trouble with a second fire near Buffalo.
    The Big Spring fire is now threatening six homes on its north
    side. The fire grew by 100 acres today after burning into a
    drainage area.
    Nearly 70 firefighters are battling the 31-hundred-acre blaze
    and more are being ordered. Three helicopters are also on scene.
    Containment has again been pushed back to Thursday.
    Crews, meanwhile, contained the Red Creek fire at 117 acres
    tonight. All crews have been demobilized and sent elsewhere.
    A wildfire in Yellowstone National Park grew to 12 acres today
    but is threatening no structures or park attractions.
    Hand crews and smokejumpers are battling the Grizzly fire, which
    is burning in a pine forest east of Yellowstone Lake.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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