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Fire in Converse County expands to 6,500 acres

Fire in Converse County expands to 6,500 acres

Aug 14, 2012 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Firefighters have made good progress on containing 6,500-acre wildfire in Converse County.

The Little Boxelder Fire about 10 miles south of Glenrock has burned grass and timber since it was first reported last Friday. It is about 80 percent contained.

State Forestry Division spokeswoman Kathy Lujan says the fire initially threatened some rural ranch homes.

But thanks to efforts by some 100 firefighters, the homes are no longer threatened.

The fire did destroy one abandoned structure.

Elsewhere, firefighters are monitoring a 218-acre wildfire in a rugged area of the Shoshone National Forest on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

There also was a lot of wildfire activity in the state over the weekend, especially in Goshen, Fremont and Albany counties. But quick responses by firefighters kept the fires in check.

In a piece of good news, the Ferris wildfire now is rated 100 percent contained at 8,797 acres. The lightning- caused fire approximately 30 miles north-northeast of Rawlins in the Ferris Mountains near Muddy Gap is burning on a combination of state, Bureau of Land Management and private lands.

In remote Fremont County northwest of Dubois, the Bear Cub Fire now is listed as "inactive" by the Wyoming Incident Information System.

No smoke is visible at the 6,500-acre fire site. Cooler weather at the high-altitude site has reduced fire activity to minimal levels.

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