Wildfire Leads to Evacuations in West-Central Wyoming

Wyoming News August 19, 2019

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Wildfire Leads to Evacuations in West-Central Wyoming

PINEDALE, WY. (AP) — A human-caused wildfire has led to evacuations in west-central Wyoming as fire crews deal with a fire-weather warning for gusty wind and low humidity — conditions that can allow fires to quickly spread.

The Sublette County sheriff’s office says the fire, which started early Saturday afternoon, was 20 percent contained Sunday after burning about 2 square miles (5 square kilometers) of sage, grass and timber on Bureau of Land Management land near Boulder Lake, south of Pinedale.

The sheriff’s office issued evacuation orders for Boulder Lake Estates and nearby campgrounds Saturday and they remained in effect on Sunday.

Officials say homes and other structures are threatened, but no primary residences had burned by Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service says the red flag warning for the Pinedale area remains in effect through 9 p.m. Monday.

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