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Dry conditions increase fire activity

Jul 22, 2012 - The Associated Press

LARAMIE -- Increasingly hot and dry conditions are resulting in more fire activity on the unburned portions of the Arapaho and Squirrel Creek Fires on the Medicine Bow National Forest.

The Arapaho fire has burned more than 150 square miles northwest of Wheatland.

The Squirrel Creek fire about 30 miles west of Laramie has burned more than 17 square miles.

Crews on both fires continue to mop up the hot spots that they can manage safety.

Fire restrictions remain in effect on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and the Thunder Basin National Grassland.

Fire restrictions in Yellowstone National Park have been eased somewhat after a period of cooler, wetter weather in that region.

A fire northwest of Dubois is now largely extinguished after the area got significant rain in recent days. It had been burning adjacent to a previous burn area, which slowed its progress.

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