- Associated Press - Thursday, April 24, 2014

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) - Authorities have reopened a 45-mile stretch of U.S. 30 in Lincoln County.

The highway between Kemmerer and its junction with Interstate 80 had been closed since an explosion and fire Wednesday afternoon at a natural gas processing plant in Opal.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says the plant is about a quarter mile off the highway.

The highway was reopened about midmorning Thursday along with a 12-mile stretch of Wyoming 240 that also had been closed by the fire.

Malik says railroad tracks in the area also have been reopened.



However, some 95 residents of the small town remained evacuated Thursday morning because a fire was still burning at the plant.

Malik says a community meeting was scheduled for Thursday afternoon to keep residents up to date on the situation.

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