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Aug 22, 2013 - The Associated Press

National team taking over fires

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK -- A national team is taking over management of the five fires burning in Yellowstone National Park.

One of the country's four National Incident Management Organization teams, headed by Bill Hahnenberg of Colorado, will be in charge starting Thursday. He led the fight against the High Park Fire outside of Fort Collins last year, which destroyed over 250 homes and killed one person.

The largest of Yellowstone's fire, the Alum Fire, has burned about 12 square miles. It has been spreading slowly through the Hayden Valley between Canyon Village and Lake Village.

Beyond the park, Wyoming's biggest wildfire, the Hardluck Fire, has burned 37 square miles in the Shoshone National Forest.

Cheney pays fishing license ticket

JACKSON -- Records show U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney has paid $220 after she was ticketed for buying a Wyoming resident fishing license when she hadn't lived in Wyoming for a full year, as required.

Cheney and her husband lived in Virginia but bought a house in May 2012 in Wilson. She said Wednesday she got the resident fishing license a few months later, "just in case" she wanted to fish during an outing with wounded veterans. She said she hadn't realized she needed to have lived in Wyoming the previous 12 months to get one.

Cheney this month posted a $220 bond to cover a $180 fine, plus court fees and costs.

Colorado county may secede

CRAIG, Colo. -- Moffat County in Colorado could be moving toward secession under the 51st State Initiative.

Moffat County commissioner John Kinkaid announced his intention Tuesday to write the ballot language that would ask local voters on the Western Slope whether they want to join the secession movement that has gained momentum on the Front Range on the other side of the state.

Kinkaid said Moffat County could either join up with the 51st state proposed for the Front Range or maybe become part of Wyoming. There was no immediate response from Wyoming lawmakers.

Colorado lawmakers in northern counties say they are being ignored by the Colorado Legislature, and they want more representation.

Teen pilot rescued after crash

MEETEETSE -- A teenage pilot whose plane went down in a remote part of northwestern Wyoming after she got lost during her first solo flight survived with only bruises.

McKenzie Morgan, 17, of Billings, Mont., was flying from Greybull to Fort Smith as part of a multiple-leg trip Tuesday when she crashed in a rugged part of the Shoshone National Forest near the abandoned mining town of Kerwin, southwest of Meeteetse, the Park County Sheriff's Office said.

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