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Wildfire northwest of Dubois consumes 300 acres

Sep 28, 2015 Staff

UPDATE at 5:21 p.m.: The Shoshone National Forest reports Forest Service roads 542 and 732 are closed for public and firefighter safety.

ORIGINAL STORY:

A wildfire was discovered northwest of Dubois on Monday, and by 4 p.m. it had grown to 300 acres, a Shoshone National Forest release stated.

The Crooked Creek Fire is located 1 mile west of Sand Butte south of U.S. Highway 287/26 in the Shoshone National Forest. The blaze grew rapidly from its 1/2-acre size when it was reported at 1:45 p.m. Monday. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs have been deployed. Two large air tankers and two smaller aircraft have been called in to help battle the blaze as have two hotshot crews.

The Fremont County Fire Protection District was working Monday afternoon to protect structures including the Teton Valley Ranch Camp summer camp about 11 miles northwest of Dubois.

The U.W. Forest Service is providing information online at www.fs.usda.gov/shoshone.

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