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Hardluck Fire tops 10,000 acres

Hardluck Fire tops 10,000 acres

Aug 6, 2013 - The Associated Press

Smoke will likely be visible in Cody, Meeteetse and Dubois.

A Washakie Wilderness wildfire has grown to more than 10,000 acres following shifting winds from a passing cold front.

The Hardluck Fire grew by almost 4,000 acres Monday after being pushed by hot, dry and windy weather over the weekend.

The U.S. Forest Service says its smoke will likely be visible Tuesday in Cody, Meeteetse and Dubois.

It's been allowed to burn since it was started by lightning July 17 since it's in a remote area. It's one of several fires burning in northwestern Wyoming.

Elsewhere, the 200-acre Snake Fire was discovered Monday along the border of Yellowstone National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Crews are working to protect backcountry cabins from that blaze. Some trails and backcountry campsites have been closed.

And firefighters are making progress fighting a wildfire burning on about 400 acres near Bondurant.

The Packer Creek Fire is burning in heavy timber and dead trees about 28 miles north of Pinedale.

The fire was discovered Friday and was 5 percent contained Monday. Managers say crews were able to make significant progress with help from firefighting aircraft.

Full containment is expected by Saturday.

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