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Chall Creek Fire getting attention west
of Pinedale
The Chall Creek Fire threatens houses in the Pinedale area. Photo by Melissa Watson

Chall Creek Fire getting attention west of Pinedale

Sep 20, 2012 - The Associated Press

PINEDALE -- Firefighters are making progress against a 400-acre wildfire threatening 13 homes in western Wyoming.

The 400-acre Chall Creek Fire was 20 percent contained Wednesday. It ignited Sunday 30 miles west of Pinedale and has prompted some evacuation orders.

No buildings have been reported lost. The cause remains under investigation.

Near Jackson, the nearly 3,400-acre Horsethief Canyon Fire is 82 percent contained.

The danger posed to the town of Jackson has passed but firefighters are still keeping an eye on homes on the southern end of the fire. Crews are working toward containing the fire along that flank.

In northern Wyoming, the 8,050-acre Gilead Fire near Buffalo is 42 percent contained. It was started by lightning in the Bighorn National Forest on Aug. 14.

Concurrently, state foresters from around the country are in Cheyenne discussing this year's fire season and sharing tips on managing forests.

Nearly 200 officials representing 44 states are attending the National Association of State Foresters at the Little America Hotel. The conference wraps up late Thursday.

Beetle kill and other dangerous fire fuels have been a popular topic.

South Dakota state forester Ray Sowers said his department has been focused on beetle-killed forests this summer.

Montana state forester Bob Harrington says intermountain West states will be dealing with beetle-killed trees for decades.

California forestry officials didn't attend the conference because of budget constraints.

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