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Jun 20, 2013 - The Associated Press
Fire danger rising in hot days
JACKSON -- Agency fire managers say the fire danger is increasing in northwestern Wyoming and they're asking the public to use caution while recreating outdoors.
Managers track fire danger by monitoring both weather conditions and the moisture in trees and other vegetation.
The fire danger is currently rated as moderate but will continue to rise with warmer and drier weather.
Firefighters suppressed two human-caused fires this week on the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
With the Fourth of July holiday approaching, fire managers also remind the public that fireworks are not permitted in Grand Teton National Park, on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, in Teton or Sublette counties or on state lands.
Bear attack near Cody
CODY -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is investigating a report of a man being attacked by a bear near Cody.
Few details of the incident are available, but Game and Fish officials said a man working in an irrigation ditch south of Cody was attacked by a bear Thursday morning.
Officials received the call shortly before 6:40 a.m. that a private vehicle was driving the man to meet with an ambulance after the attack.
There was no immediate information about how seriously the man was hurt or what type of bear was involved.
Wing has female commander
CHEYENNE -- The 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base has a female commander for the first time.
Col. Tracey L. Hayes formally took command of the wing and its 150 nuclear missiles in a ceremony Monday. Hayes previously served as vice wing commander of the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.
Hayes replaces Col. George Farfour, who temporarily took over command duties when Col. Chris "Boots" Coffelt stepped down at the end of May.
Hayes says she looks forward to upholding the reputation and excellence the missile wing has shown in the past.
The 90th Missile Wing has some 3,500 civilian and military personnel.
Man charged in heroin overdose
CHEYENNE -- A Laramie man faces a federal charge alleging that he provided heroin that led to another man's fatal overdose this spring.
A criminal complaint unsealed this week alleges 24-year-old Kyle Josef Adams provided heroin that resulted in the April 10 death of 25-year-old Kaleb Paul Skog in Laramie.
According to an investigator's statement, an autopsy determined Skog died from heroin intoxication. Adams told investigators he bought the heroin in Denver the day before Skog died.
Adams faces a preliminary hearing before a federal magistrate on Thursday in Cheyenne.
Commander Mitchell Cushman with the Laramie Police Department says he can't comment on Adams case.