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Wed August 6, 2008
Fires Easing Up
Cody, Wy – Cooler temperatures and lighter winds today
(Wednesday) slowed a wildfire burning mostly wilderness area east of Yellowstone National Park.
For the first time in several days, no red flag warning was in effect for the area where the Gunbarrel fire was burning.
The fire is burning about six miles east of Yellowstone, or 40
miles west of Cody, Wyoming. It has burned about 51 square miles in
the Shoshone National Forest.
Firefighters are concentrating on protecting lodges and cabins
on the backside of the fire along U.S. 14-16-20, which runs between
Cody and Yellowstone's east entrance. They were allowing the fire
to burn in wilderness areas to the north of the highway.
Elsewhere, the LeHardy fire northeast of Fishing Bridge in
Yellowstone is about five percent contained. Fire managers are
allowing the fire to burn in remote areas and keeping it away from
park roads and buildings.