Still just 2 major fires in state; good progress on both

Jul 27, 2017 From staff and wire reports

Residents in southeast Wyoming can return to their homes and cabins as firefighters make progress on a fire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The small communities of Keystone, Rambler, Lake Creek and Moores Gulch had been forced to evacuate earlier this month because of the fire.

But firefighters have gained 75 containment on the fire, which has burned about 4 square miles (10 kilometers).

The Medicine Bow National Forest enacted an area closure around the fire perimeter.

Keystone is categorized as a "full suppression fire," meaning the intent of fire managers is to extinguish it rather than containing it and letting it burn itself out. "Firefighters will be dispatched where there is a high probability of success, a BM statement reads. Other objectives are protecting and defending the structures in the fire area; and protecting the Cheyenne water supply.

Elsewhere, firefighters have contained about two-thirds of the June fire burning west of Cody in the Shoshone National Forest. Detected at a five-acres blaze on July 18m ti grew in one day to more than 1,500 acres.

June is burning in beetle-killed timber and dry underbrush. Extreme fire behavior was observed with crowning, long-range spotting, and group torching in steep, rugged terrain. The southwest corner overlaps with the 1937 Blackwater Fire burn area.

The incident command post on the North Fork Highway, next to the Wapiti Ranger Station and along the North Fork of the Shoshone River. The Wapiti Ranger Station was built in 1903 and is the first U.S. ranger station.