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Fri June 9, 2006
Two Wind River Res. Wildfires Spread
Riverton, WY – Two fires that started early this week on
the Wind River Indian Reservation were reported to be spreading this evening (Thursday).
Fremont County Fire Warden Craig Haslam said the Bull Lake blaze was the largest of several fires burning in the Wind River Mountains. He estimated the fire at about 1,000 acres and growing.
Haslam said fire crews are hindered in fighting the fire because it's off the face of some very steep terrain. He said crews may consider using helicopters to drop water on the fire if it continues to spread.
Haslam said another fire, called the Coyote Basin fire, is also reported to be spreading quickly on reservation lands.
He said fire crews from the U-S Bureau of Indian Affairs are handling both fires. Both the fires are believed to have been started by lightning.
Haslam said officials are very concerned about dry conditions in the area. He said crews are seeing fire behavior that they normally see in August and urged people to use extreme caution.