- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A 40-mile stretch of U.S. 191/189 in western Wyoming has reopened to traffic after being closed this week because of a wildfire.

The route is one of several ways for tourists to access the Jackson Hole region and Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming.

More than 500 firefighters are battling a fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest that has burned about 18 square miles in Sublette and Teton counties about 25 miles southeast of Jackson.

The fire began last Sunday and burned over U.S. 191/189 near the community of Bondurant. About 2,600 vehicles use the highway there each day during July.

In the neighboring Shoshone National Forest, a fire burning about 20 miles northwest of Dubois has charred nearly 3 square miles and forced evacuations of some rural residences.

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