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Jun 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

Bridger-Teton fire makes big run

CHEYENNE -- A wildfire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming has become the largest in the state to date this year.

The Fontenelle Fire in the Wyoming Range made a 3-mile run Wednesday and has now burned about 36 square miles of forest. An undetermined number of campers in the area were forced to flee, but no structures have been lost or injuries reported.

Officials say more hot, dry and windy conditions are expected Thursday. There is no containment and more firefighting resources have been requested to help the more than 100 on hand.

Elsewhere, new fires have been reported in Albany and Platte counties, joining ongoing fires in Converse, Park and Washakie counties.

Education group has first meeting

CASPER -- A long process has begun to review and update Wyoming's education standards for social studies, science, physical education and career and vocational education.

State law requires the review in nine subject areas every five years.

A committee formed by the state Department of Education has started the process with an initial meeting in Casper last week. The committee is made up of teachers, business representatives, parents, state school board members and others.

Any changes to the standards will be finalized next summer and then presented to the Wyoming Board of Education.

Green River students to get iPads

GREEN RIVER -- Public school students in Green River will be getting to use Apple iPads soon.

The Sweetwater County School District 2 Board of Trustees allocated $26,000 to buy iPads for its students.

District Technology Supervisor David Holt said $19,039 will go to purchase a 25-station iPad cart with 25 iPads, which allows staff to synchronize and charge the machines. Another $7,000 was allocated to purchase applications.

Holt said that the purchase will help the district meet its goal of having an iPad cart in each school building by 2014.

Park mow incident investigated

JACKSON -- Grand Teton National Park officials say they're looking into unauthorized mowing through the sagebrush along the outside of the fence at Jackson Hole Airport.

Park officials say an airport employee misunderstood instructions June 6 and mowed through mature sage, bear brush and grass outside the airport security fence.

The mowed area was about 12 feet wide and two to three miles long.

The mowed area came close to a well-known sage grouse mating and breeding area in Grand Teton. Airport officials say they're taking the matter seriously and have apologized to Grand Teton officials.

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