Wildfires blaze on in Bridger-Teton and Medicine Bow Forests

Jun 26, 2012


Winds gusting up to 45 miles-per-hour are making things difficult for firefighters battling two wildfires in Wyoming.

The first major wildfire of the season in western Wyoming tripled in size on Tuesday because of the strong winds.

The Fontenelle Fire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest is located about 30 miles northwest of LaBarge. It was discovered late Sunday afternoon.

Forest spokeswoman Mary Cernicek says a new team of more experienced firefighters is being called in to take over the fight.

In east-central Wyoming, strong winds blew down some tents at the command post for firefighters working to contain a wildfire burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

 The Russell's Camp fire has burned about 8 square miles. It is 35-percent contained.