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North Buffalo Fire expands by 3,000

North Buffalo Fire expands by 3,000 acres since Monday

Aug 28, 2012 - The Associated Press

MORAN -- Fire managers expect a wildfire burning in the Teton Wilderness to continue to grow in coming days because of warm and windy weather.

The North Buffalo Fire was burning on 7,500 acres on Tuesday, up from 4,500 acres on Monday afternoon.

About 45 firefighters and two helicopters are fighting the fire, which is burning in mixed conifer and beetle-killed trees 14 miles northeast of Moran. The cause isn't known.

Crews are trying to keep the fire away from the Buffalo Valley.

Bridger-Teton National Forest fire specialist Andy Norman said firefighters are holding it at one end and "herding it into the wilderness."

The fire is clearly visible to nearby drivers in the Moran Junction area, with voluminous smoke. Fuel is plentiful nearby, and the fire's activity could increase is wind patterns direct it toward heavily forested wilderness. So long as structures are not threatened, the fire could be allowed to burn in the wilderness until seasonal changes extinguish it in late September or early October.

Elsewhere, a 1,400-acre fire started by lightning is burning in Yellowstone National Park. It was first reported Aug. 10.

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