- Associated Press - Friday, July 29, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A new fire that blew up in southwest Wyoming has destroyed eight rural homes and forced the evacuation of about 140 others while firefighters made progress on two larger fires burning in the northwest part of the state.

State forester Bill Crapser said the fire in Uinta County was detected Thursday afternoon and grew quickly, burning about 3 square miles in a matter of hours.

“It blew up pretty fast,” Crapser said.

An estimated 250 to 300 rural residents and summer camp members were evacuated on short notice.

Crapser says firefighters are using helicopters and tankers to fight the fire and more resources are being brought in.



Elsewhere in Wyoming, firefighters have made their first measureable progress in battling a wildfire that is threatening hundreds of seasonal homes in northwest Wyoming.

Firefighters say they have managed to gain 5 percent containment of the fire burning northwest of Dubois.

The fire has burned about 19 square miles since it was started July 11 by lightning.

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling it. About 900 people have been evacuated from the area that includes about 290 rural seasonal homes and guest ranches.

In the Bridger-Teton National Forest, firefighters have increased containment of another fire to about 20 percent. The fire has burned about 41 square miles.

In southeast Wyoming, the U.S. Forest Service asked for public help in watching for any suspicious activity that might be linked to fires being started.

Between July 15 and July 26, firefighters extinguished several suspicious fires started on the Medicine-Bow Routt National Forest in the Laramie area.

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