- Associated Press - Friday, August 7, 2015

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Officials are warning that this week’s warmer, drier weather is increasing the risk of wildfires across parts of Wyoming.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1K6olbe ) that the National Weather Service posted a red flag warning Thursday for extreme fire conditions in southeast Wyoming including parts of Carbon, Laramie, Goshen, Platte, Niobrara and Converse counties.

Fire officials are battling two blazes in the state, with one reported Thursday after lightning sparked flames in the Tongue River Canyon in Sheridan County. Firefighters have dropped water and requested fire retardant air drops. The other fire has burned more than a square mile of timber and grass in Tongue River Canyon west of Dayton.

Forest officials warn of lightning storms and erratic winds creating a greater fire danger as vegetation dries.

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, https://www.trib.com

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