Worland, WY – Firefighters say they've made progress in
protecting private property from the Little Venus Fire about 30 miles west of Meeteetse (muh-TEET'-see).
The fire has burned around 12-thousand acres, or 19 square miles of the rugged Washakie Wilderness. The fire is about five percent contained.
Officials have closed the entire Greybull River Drainage starting at the wilderness boundary above the Jack Creek Trailhead to public entry.
Fire officials say crews burned out fuel in advance of the fire. That helped protect ranches north of the Greybull River.
Officials say the fire remains a danger because of its size, heavy fuel availability and projected weather patterns.