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5:53 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Firefighters try to get ahead of Medicine Bow fire

Anticipating a return of hot, dry, windy weather by this weekend, firefighters worked Thursday to build
lines around a wildfire in the Medicine Bow National Forest in east-central Wyoming.

 The Russell's Camp fire is located about 30 miles south of
Glenrock and has burned just over 4 square miles since Sunday.

 Cooler temperatures and higher humidity on Wednesday lessened
fire intensity, allowing firefighters to gain 5 percent containment. But the fire was more active Thursday with warmer temperatures.

The number of firefighters on the scene has increased to 385 with the addition for more highly trained crews. They are aided by five helicopters.

Elsewhere in the state, all of Teton County, including Grand Teton National Park, in northwest Wyoming has been elevated to a high fire danger rating.