The Associated Press
BONDURANT, Wyo. (AP) — Firefighters were rushing to contain wildfires throughout Wyoming on Saturday, including a 1,000-acre blaze on Beaver Rim, a 600-acre fire south of Rock Springs and 14 fires in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
In the Bridger-Teton, moisture content in subalpine fir and lodgepole pine was 7 percent, which is extremely low, forest spokesman Jason Anderson said.
As dry as it is, it can be very volatile, he said.
A national firefighting team with more resources than local crews can muster was expected to arrive Saturday night.
The team was assigned to the Fisherman and Buck fires near Bondurant, dubbed the Fisherman Complex, which had grown to 425 acres by Saturday.
The Greys River Complex, comprising four fires and 250 acres about 14 miles southeast of Afton, was assigned to a regional firefighting team.
About 340 firefighters were attacking the Bridger-Teton fires, which were started by lightning on the Fourth of July.
The Beaver Rim Fire, which had destroyed a fire truck, was torching sagebrush and juniper about 20 miles southeast of Lander. The fire, also believed to have started from lightning Wednesday, had threatened three ranches and some oil field equipment. About 80 firefighters were expected to contain it by late Saturday.
A wildfire sparked by lightning Friday had charred about 600 acres of sagebrush and juniper about 45 miles south of Rock Springs, just north of the Utah line.
Ten engines and crews were on scene and more firefighters and equipment had been ordered, the BLM said.
On Friday, a tanker plane dropped retardant to protect a pumping station, a large propane tank and four houses. No other structures were threatened Saturday.
North of Gillette, crews mopped up a 650-acre fire started by lightning Wednesday. At one point, it closed Wyoming 59 for three hours Thursday.
The fire started on BLM land 18 miles north of Gillette and burned pine, cedar and juniper. As many as 76 firefighters answered the call, but strong winds hampered the effort.
A fire about 30 miles west of Casper that had burned 120 acres was nearing containment, officials said.
More than a dozen major fires were burning across the West on Saturday.
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