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Jun 15, 2012 - The Associated Press

Guernsey fire mostly out

GUERNSEY -- Guernsey State Park in southeast Wyoming is open to campers, boaters and visitors again.

The park has been closed since last Saturday, when a wildfire chased out hundreds of campers and visitors. It reopened at 9 a.m. Friday.

The fire is mostly out, and park visitors will be allowed into unburned areas.

Domenic Bravo of the state parks department warns that visitors should stay out of burned areas and be cautious of burned or weakened trees that could fall.

Skyline Drive and the North Entrance to Long Canyon will be open, but Lakeshore Drive on the east side of Guernsey Reservoir will remain closed.

Sandy Beach boat ramp will be open, but the Newell Bay ramp remains closed.

Fire restrictions limit campers to charcoal grills with lids and propane stoves.

Boot camp escapee caught

NEWCASTLE -- Authorities say an inmate who escaped from the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp in Newcastle earlier this week has been captured.

The Wyoming Department of Corrections says 24-year-old James Friesen was apprehended Wednesday night by a Weston County sheriff's deputy in Pennington County, S.D.

Authorities say Friesen was found missing on Monday.

Friesen was sentenced in 2011 to three to five years for forgery.

The Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp is a minimum security facility.

The Corrections Department says it's conducting an internal investigation into Friesen's escape.

Man killed by fall into fan

CHEYENNE -- Authorities say a man has died from injuries he suffered when he fell into a fan while conducting tests of a ventilation system at a state warehouse in Cheyenne.

The Laramie County Coroner's Office says 57-year-old Steven John Mullen of Laramie died of multiple injuries when he fell into the fan at the State of Wyoming Liquor Warehouse on Wednesday.

Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement saying the news is deeply saddening, and his thoughts are with Mullen's family.

Renny MacKay is spokesman for the governor. He says Mullen was owner of a heating company in Laramie that was working on the state building.

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