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Fire conditions looking better around state
Firefighters during a shift change at the Index Creek Fire. Wyoming State Forestry Division

Fire conditions looking better around state

Jul 26, 2012 - By Bob Moen, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Wildfires are still popping up across Wyoming, but State Forester Bill Crapser said the situation has improved from earlier this summer thanks to firefighters quickly responding to new fires and better weather conditions.

Crapser said Wednesday that after a busy June and July it appears that fire activity has settled down to what the state would normally see at this time of year.

"We got a lot of activity, we have a lot of dry lightning, but we're not getting anything that seems to be getting big on us," he said.

Fires in June and earlier this month burned tens of thousands of acres, closed one state park for a time, partially closed a second state park and destroyed dozens of homes and cabins around the state.

While a few of the big fires remain active, they are mostly confined within containment lines and don't pose a risk. Firefighters are content to let those fires burn themselves out or wait for rain and snow this fall to put them out.

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