WPR News
9:22 am
Mon August 28, 2006

Purdy, Kaycee Wildfires Still Scorching Acres

Cheyenne, WY – Firefighters battling a wildfire
straddling the Continental Divide in western Wyoming got some help from half an inch of rain over the weekend.
The rain fell on parts of the Purdy fire, helping prevent the fire from spreading beyond the 21-thousand acres it has burned already. That's about 33 square miles.
The fire is about 40 percent contained. Firefighters hope to boost that figure shortly, but they're also wary of a forecast that calls for more warm, dry weather.
Elsewhere in Wyoming, a wildfire 20 miles southwest of Kaycee is now about 50 percent contained. The fire covers about 12-thousand acres, or 19 square miles, near Hole-in-the-Wall.
The fire destroyed a historic cabin linked to the Johnson County War of the 1890s.