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Firefighters busy, but progress being made

Firefighters busy, but progress being made

Jul 19, 2012 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- It's been a busy week for firefighters in northeast Wyoming.

Dozens of wildfires broke out in Crook, Campbell and Weston counties since last weekend. Most fires were started by lightning.

Crook County Fire Warden Gari Gill counts 41 fires since last Saturday alone in his county. Most have been in forested areas.

He says the fires have stretched resources, but firefighters have been able to contain the fires quickly. He says local ranchers have been helpful in both spotting fires early and helping to fight the fires.

Meantime, Glendo State Park in southeast Wyoming is completely open after the east side was closed down for several days because of a wildfire burning on nearby Wyoming National Guard land.

Firefighters have gained about 50 percent containment on the 22-square-mile Sawmill Canyon Fire, which topped 14,000 acres as of Wednesday.

In Fremont County, the Bear Cub Fire has been a success story. A burned-out area from a previous fire checked growth in one direction, and containment has been achieved on the other boundaries. Fire activity now is described as "minimal."

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