- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Calmer winds helped firefighters stop a wildfire from destroying seasonal homes Wednesday in a rural area of western Wyoming.

The fire in the Shoshone National Forest has burned about 18 square miles and is threatening about 290 homes and guest ranches. About 900 people have been evacuated from the area, but no buildings have burned.

“We got it stopped just as it got into the subdivision a little bit,” fire spokesman Nick Mickel said.

Better weather conditions kept the fore less active, allowing firefighters to keep any homes from being burned, Mickel said.

“We’re not experiencing today the level of fire activity that we had yesterday up to this point,” he said Wednesday afternoon.

In neighboring Bridger-Teton National Forest, a wildfire has grown to 33 square miles, but much of the growth occurred in wilderness areas.

“Where it’s burning in the wilderness and wilderness study area, we’re not overly concerned; that’s where we want it to go,” fire spokesman Andy Lyon said.

Meanwhile, containment increased to at least 60 percent on two wildfires in the Bighorn National Forest in northern Wyoming.

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