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CWC Sinks Canyon site still closed; offered to firefighters

Jul 24, 2013 - Staff

Central Wyoming College is keeping its Sinks Canyon Center closed as the fire on Fairfield Hill continues to spread. College officials will offer the resources of the facility, which include showers and a kitchen, to firefighting personnel.

"There is no immediate danger to the facilities themselves but the close proximity to the fire, and the fact that the land between the facility and the fire is grass, things could change in a hurry," said CWC vice president for student and academic services Jason Wood.

There is one major event scheduled at the Sinks Canyon Center this weekend, and the affected party is being made aware of the situation. If the fire containment does not improve, the college will ask to have the event rescheduled.

Ken Colovich, director of CWC's Lander operations, said the gate to the center is closed at the Popo Agie River. He asks the public to refrain from gaining access by foot as there is only minimal staff presence at the facility today.

Decisions on whether to open access to the Sinks Canyon Center will depend on the containment of the fire, Colovich said.

As of midday Wednesday, there was limited containment on the fire which has burned more than 1,900 square acres over the ridge from the CWC facility.

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