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Apr 30, 2014 - The Associated Press
Gas plant fire finally out
OPAL -- A fire at a western Wyoming natural gas processing plant has finally burned out after five days.
A spokesman for Tulsa, Okla.-based Williams Partners says the fire was out at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.
The fire had been burning since an April 23 explosion at the facility near the small community of Opal.
No one was hurt in the explosion and fire, which prompted the evacuation of the town's 95 residents for a day.
Williams Partners spokesman George Angerbauer says investigators are trying to determine what caused the explosion. He says it remains unknown when the plant will be operational, but he noted that the incident involved only one of four processing facilities at the site.
The plant processes gas produced from western Wyoming and northern Utah wells.
Stores near slide reopen
JACKSON -- Three businesses evacuated by the Jackson landslide are being allowed to reopen, now that the slide's movement has significantly slowed.
Officials on Tuesday afternoon that the slide moved just a tenth of an inch in the last 24 hours, clearing the way for Sidewinders, Ignite and the Wine Shoppe to reopen Wednesday.
The ground surged several feet at the beginning of the slide two weeks ago and initially moved at about 3 inches a day.
The town has hauled in 16 million tons of dirt, rock and other fill material to slow the slide.
Residents of 42 houses and apartment units remain either evacuated from their homes or able to reach them only on foot. Single-lane vehicle access could begin later this week.
Police shoot suicidal man
CASPER -- Casper police say officers wounded a suicidal man in an exchange of gunfire.
Lt. Steve Freel says the man was injured but was expected to survive. No officers were injured.
The name of the man and the extent of his injuries were not released.
Freel says the incident occurred about 10 p.m. Monday after Casper police responded to a call reporting a suicidal man.
He says when officers and the man exchanged shots, and the man was struck by at least one bullet fired by an officer.
Police did not specify who fired first.
Freel says the investigation of the shooting has been handed over to the state Department of Criminal Investigation.
Air tanker training delayed
CHEYENNE -- The U.S. Forest Service and U.S. military's annual airborne firefighting training using air drops in Wyoming has been delayed to the end of the week because of high winds.
In the meantime, crews will attend classroom sessions, flight training and certification for military flight crews and civilian lead plane pilots.
Military C-130s can drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant or water to aid in wildfire suppression.