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WESTERN WILDFIRES

DENVER — Fire officials cited the threat of dry thunderstorms, high heat and gusty winds Thursday in warning residents of hundreds of homes in southwestern Colorado to prepare to evacuate as more than 1,000 firefighters struggled to contain a wildfire. Another day of hot, dry and windy weather delivered fresh challenges to firefighters elsewhere in Colorado and in southern Wyoming, where a 17-square-mile fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest forced the evacuation of nearly 400 homes in 10 small communities in the area. That blaze destroyed one home and two outbuildings since it was reported on Sunday. By James Anderson. SENT: 520 words. AP Photos.

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COLLEGE RODEO-BULL RIDER RETURNS

CASPER — One year ago Friday, Bradie Gray almost died. At the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo, Frontier Rodeo bull Levi the Boss bucked Gray, an Odessa College rider, and stepped on his chest. Gray initially stood up under his own power but had to be carried out of the Casper Events Center arena on a board. He was left with no pulse, collapsed lungs, broken ribs, a broken sternum, a bruised aorta and a 40 percent chance to live, according to doctors at Wyoming Medical Center. By Brandon Foster, Casper Star-Tribune. SENT: 1,000 words. Also moved sports lines. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

—SKI LIFT INJURY — A woman is recovering after falling from a chairlift in Teton Village. The Jackson Hole News And Guide reports four tourists were loading the Jackson Hole Resort's Teewinot chairlift on Wednesday when they "misloaded" and two of them fell.

—UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING-BUDGET — The University of Wyoming's budget for next year includes millions of dollars to fund raises and hire additional employees.

SPORTS:

FBN--DESTRESSED BRONCOS

DENVER — With Von Miller showing off fake dreads as the Denver Broncos' kid-at-heart, Paxton Lynch stood 30 feet away and displayed a newfound maturity Thursday in his first interview since being relagated to fighting for a backup QB job. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m.

BBN-ROCKIES-PHILLIES

PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez (4-7) starts for the Phillies and German Marquez (4-6) goes for the Rockies in the rubber game of a series. By Rob Maaddi. Game started 11 a.m.

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