Wyoming wildfire burns 22,000 acres

Wyoming wildfire burns 22,000 acres

4 August 2008

published by www.usatoday.com

USA — Sunday marked the third consecutive day of red-flag fire weather warnings on a 22,000-acre wildfire burning 40 miles west of Cody.

“Basically the weather hasn’t been cooperating much,” said Steve Till, a fire information officer on the Gunbarrel fire.

Fire bosses, though, said they were pleased with efforts by fire crews against the 34-square-mile fire.

About 85 guests and employees were evacuated from two lodges on Friday. The Elephant’s Head Lodge was reopened for business Sunday, with the understanding that it might have to be evacuated again at any time. The Absaroka Lodge was reopened to employees only.

Efforts continued Sunday to protect about half a dozen lodges and some private cabins on the backside of the fire along U.S. 14-16-20, which runs between Cody and Yellowstone National Park.

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