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Firefighters hope to save historic tree from Hardluck Fire

Jul 26, 2013 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Firefighters are content to let a 1,200-acre wildfire in a central Wyoming forest burn -- except for one particular, dead tree.

The Hardluck Fire is burning in a remote part of the Shoshone National Forest. It was started by lightning on July 17.

The fire is being monitored because it isn't threatening any structures.

However, fire spokeswoman Olga Troxel says a survey crew that passed through the area back in the 1880s carved their initials in one tree, which remains standing near the fire.

Troxel says firefighters hope to save the tree or at least cut out and remove the section with the survey crew's initials.

Elsewhere, a lightning-caused fire southwest of Lander is 71 percent contained, and another fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest is 45 percent contained.

Fire danger remains high throughout the state, and campfire bans are in place in several areas. Campers and hikers are urged to use extreme caution on public lands.

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