WPR News
9:09 am
Wed July 30, 2008

Fire Near Pinedale Still Burns

Pinedale, Wy – A wildfire north of Pinedale is consuming large swaths of beetle-killed trees. According to fire officials, it's the second big fire in Western Wyoming this season that's doing more good than harm. Another fire is burning beetle-killed trees west of Cody. And so far, neither has threatened any buildings. Bridger Teton National Forest spokeswoman Mary Cernicek says it's the first stage of recovery from the beetle infestation. She says it will help clear out the forest.
Cernicek says it started with a campfire that got out of control. About 2000 acres have burned approximately 19 miles north of Pinedale.
Meantime, the Forest service on the Bridger Teton has raised its fire warning from 'High' to 'Very High'.