Fires Grow Around Devils Tower

Devils Tower – Firefighters continue to battle a number of forest fires near Devils Tower. Friday federal officials have approved funds to fight blazes in the area. Spokeswoman Beth Hermanson says the so called Thorne Divide fires are threatening homes. Hermanson says they are using a number of resources to try and keep the fires at bay but she says the dry conditions and winds are making things difficult. Officials say heavy smoke is also causing problems and has led to the closure of U-S 14 in some locations near Devils Tower. Drivers are urged to detour by way of Sundance and by using Interstate 90.