- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Firefighters made progress Monday in their effort to contain several wildfires burning in western Wyoming but hundreds of people remain evacuated from their homes and summer camps and others had to cancel plans.

An annual camp for child cancer patients, their parents and siblings had to be canceled because of the fire burning northwest of Dubois that prompted the evacuation of the guest ranch where the event is held, the Wyoming Department of Health announced Monday

“We are saddened to cancel this year’s camp, but it’s important we keep everyone safe,” Jessica Perez, outreach coordinator with the WDH Wyoming Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, said in a statement.

Perez said the next camp will be held next year.

Firefighters have contained about 40 percent of the fire that has burned about 22 square miles on the Shoshone National Forest and private land.

Elsewhere, firefighters contained about 25 percent of a firing burning in southern Uinta County. That fire destroyed eight homes, forced the evacuation of about 140 others and burned about 2 square miles since it started last Thursday.

One firefighter was burned on Friday but the injury was not serious, said Brett Haberstick, a spokesman for several federal agencies that work together to put out wildfires.

Haberstick said the fire was problematic for firefighters because of smaller spot fires igniting ahead of the main fire, which was burning in a jagged pattern.

“Each of those small fires could grow in size if they’re not checked. So firefighters have to go after those spot fires,” he said. “That’s a lot of extra work when you’re looking at 40, 50, 100 spot fires that are out ahead of this fire.”

In Bridger-Teton National Forest, a fire that burned about 45 square miles was 81 percent contained.

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