- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - More firefighting resources and calmer winds on Thursday helped curtail a wildfire that destroyed two rural homes and six outbuildings in northwest Wyoming.

“The fire is not overly active today,” fire spokeswoman Kristie Salzmann said Thursday afternoon. “It was not like the last two days.”

The fire started Tuesday and was driven by strong winds, burning about 15 square miles of grass, shrubs and scattered trees. Residents of homes scattered in the area were told to evacuate, but Salzmann was not able to immediately provide a number.

The fire began near a major highway that runs between the city of Cody and the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, but the winds drove it away.

“As of now the normal fire behavior in the area would not put the highway in danger, but we’ll see what the days ahead bring for us,” Salzmann said.

The fire was well away from threatening either Cody or Yellowstone, Salzmann said. Traffic to the park was not affected.

Salzmann said more specialized fire crews with two air tankers arrived Thursday to battle the fire.

Elsewhere in Wyoming, firefighters continue to work to increase containment of several large wildfires.

A Bridge-Teton National Forest fire that has burned about 49 square miles of forest is 84 percent contained, while another that has burned about 22 square miles northwest of Dubois is 60 percent contained. A fire that burned about 2 square miles just north of the Utah border in southwest Wyoming was 90 percent contained.



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