Firefighters keep fire from crossing highway

September 28, 2018

PINEDALE, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters say they have been successful in keeping a wildfire in western Wyoming from crossing a highway and are working to shore up established fire lines.

The fire has destroyed 55 homes and forced the evacuation of about 500 rural residents. It has burned about 84 square miles (217.5 square kilometers) since it was reported Sept. 15. It’s about 35 percent contained.

Some 1,155 firefighters have been working to keep the fire from crossing U.S. 189/191, which is closed from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Firefighters also report that fire lines on the north side of the fire are holding.

In southern Wyoming, a preliminary investigation determined that a fire that has burned about 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) in Colorado and Wyoming was started by an escaped campfire.

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