Sep 18, 2012 The Associated Press

New fire close to houses

PINEDALE -- Firefighters are trying to protect homes from a new wildfire burning in western Wyoming.

The Chall Creek Fire was burning on 380 acres Monday, a day after starting about 30 miles west of Pinedale.

Sublette County sheriff's spokesman Steven Smith said the Timberline Lodge and the residents of some homes near Merna were told to evacuate Sunday.

Other homeowners have been warned to be ready to leave one area that mostly contains summer homes but it's not known how many homes in Jim Bridger Estates are still occupied.

The staff and four hunters staying in the lodge decided not to evacuate but neighbors did evacuate 50 horses as a precaution. Manager Melanie Peterson said the fire burned within 100 yards of the lodge as it swept through but no buildings were lost.

Grizzly sow, cubs relocated

CODY -- A female grizzly bear that was causing problems at a campsite northeast of Jackson has been relocated along with its three cubs.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says the bear had raided grain for livestock and caused property damage. Biologists trapped and moved the four bears Friday to a remote area east of Yellowstone National Park.

The release area is 15 miles southwest of Crandall.

Body found in fire wreckage

CASPER -- Authorities say a man's body has been found in debris left by a mobile home fire that erupted in Evansville over the weekend.

Wayne Reynolds with the Natrona County Coroner's Office says 28-year-old Joshua Rodriguez was found dead after Sunday's fire. Rodriguez was a Casper resident and was not living at the home.

Evansville Police Chief Zach Gentile said the mobile home was the only structure damaged, and the investigation is ongoing.

Visitation dips

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- Yellowstone National Park saw slightly fewer visitors in August compared to a year ago.

The park recorded 780,286 recreational visitors in August, down 3.1 percent from August 2011. Despite the decline, it was still the third highest August visitation recorded at the park.

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