Sheridan, Wy – A wildfire southwest of Sheridan has burned three cabins and a shed and is threatening about 100 homes. State forester Bill Crapser says the fire has burned about 42-hundred acres and they had to evacuate about 100 homes. "I think the evacuations have gone very smoothly. A lot of the structures in the area are seasonal cabins, so I think a lot of the folks weren't there. There are some full-time residents in the area, but from all the reports I've heard, all the evacuations went very smoothly."
Laramie, Wy – Officials say the rise in forest fires in the state and region causing another problem air filled with smoke. Smoke filled air is being reported in many areas of the state and health and weather forecasters are urging people to pay attention. Department of Health Director Brent Sherrard says those who work outside or who exercise should be especially cautious. Sherrard says it is more dangerous the closer you are to a fire. He says those with asthma and other ailments should try and stay inside with windows closed.
Cody, Wy – The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park remains closed this morning. A wind-driven wildfire forced officials to close it Sunday. Linda Miller is park spokeswoman. She says this morning (Monday) that the Columbine Fire is still burning close to the East Entrance road. Park Spokesman Al Nash said yesterday (Sunday) that about 25 miles of the road between the East Entrance and near Fishing Bridge inside the park on the north side of Yellowstone Lake were closed to traffic.
Rawlins, WY – The doors are unlocked and the cell blocks empty. A new building at the state penitentiary in Rawlins is ready to house up to 176 inmates. But a staffing shortage has left the space empty since spring.
For now, the department of corrections uses the new building as a training facility until it can hire the staff it needs to watch over the inmates.
For lack of a better word, it's taxpayer dollars being wasted every day that it's empty, says spokesman Monte Thayer.