Fire spreads rapidly in western Wyoming forest

September 19, 2018

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A growing wildfire in western Wyoming has forced the evacuation of some 230 rural homes but so far no homes have been burned.

The fire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest south of U.S. 189-191 has charred about 39 square miles (101 square kilometers) of mostly timber since it started last weekend. The highway, which leads north to the Jackson Hole area, remains open.

It is burning along the Hoback River in northern Sublette County near scattered, small subdivisions with mostly year-round residents.

About 255 firefighters are battling the fire with more arriving Wednesday. They’re being supported by air tankers and helicopters.

The cause of the fire hasn’t been determined.

The fire is among about a half dozen burning in the Bridger-Teton forest.

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