WPR News
10:56 am
Mon September 1, 2008

Gunbarrel Fire Might Burn into October

Cody, WY – The cost of fighting the Gunbarrel Fire, burning west of Cody since late July, is now pushing $10 million.

The Great Basin National Incident Management team is directing firefighting efforts. The team reported this weekend that the fire has now burned nearly 62,000 acres - more than 95 square miles.

There are about 475 people fighting the fire, concentrating on keeping it from burning any structures. Officials say the fire is not expected to be fully contained until sometime in October, when
snowfall comes.

Lightning ignited the fire July 26. It's burning in forested canyons on National Forest Lands between Cody and Yellowstone
National Park. The fire has forced the evacuation of some lodges in the area.