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Strong wind a problem again at southeastern Wyoming wildfire

Sep. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gusty winds fanned a southeastern Wyoming wildfire Wednesday and firefighters warned the fire could resume spreading rapidly over the next few days. The fire in Medicine Bow National Forest had burned almost 23 square miles (60 square kilometers), up slightly from when calmer winds...

Wyoming governor: Let states, not courts, help species

Sep. 23, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act would do more to help imperiled species recover rather than keep them under federal protection indefinitely, Wyoming's governor testified before a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday. A bill introduced by Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso...

Wyoming utility supports recycling wind turbine blades

Sep. 23, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The largest utility in Wyoming is considering more sustainable solutions for old wind turbine blades, instead of tossing them into a landfill. PacifiCorp has begun transporting retired wind turbine blades to Tennessee, where researchers are searching for ways to reuse the blades, which...

In this aerial photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, smoke from a wildfire is in part of Medicine Bow National Forest on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. The fire burning since last Thursday, prompting an evacuation order for a 300-square-mile portion of the forest in southeastern Wyoming. (Jerod Delay/U.S. Forest Service via AP)

Wyoming wildfire slows but windy forecast cause for concern

Sep. 22, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire that roared across a Wyoming wilderness area toward cabins and a water supply reservoir for Cheyenne calmed down Tuesday but predictions for more gusty winds were cause for concern. Cooler weather and calmer wind helped slow the fire after it burned over 21 square miles (55...

Wyoming cuts to impede access to corrections information

Sep. 22, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — News reporters on urgent deadlines will need to file a time-consuming public records request in order for the Wyoming Department of Corrections to answer any of their questions after the agency lays off its public information officer, a state corrections official said Tuesday. The...

A woman watches as the Bobcat Fire burns in Juniper Hill, Calif., Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

Sep. 22, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still threatening homes on Monday and was one of more than two dozen major fires burning across California. Five of the largest wildfires in state history are currently burning...

COVID-19 surges in Wyoming with university leading state

Sep. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A surge in the coronavirus continued Monday in Wyoming, with the state's only four-year public university leading the state. Those currently known to be infected with the virus in Wyoming reached 772, up from 428 a week ago for the highest number of active cases in the state to date,...

Wind complicates Wyoming wildfire nearing cabins, reservoir

Sep. 21, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gusty winds complicated firefighters' efforts Monday to get ahead of a wildfire burning toward cabins and an important water supply reservoir in southeastern Wyoming. The fire in Medicine Bow National Forest had burned at least 21 square miles (56 square kilometers) of heavily...

Jesse Vasquez, of the San Bernardino County Fire Department, hoses down hot spots from the Bobcat Fire on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Valyermo, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

California wildfire likely to grow from wind, low humidity

Sep. 20, 2020 6:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square miles (404 square kilometers) Sunday, burning structures, homes and a nature center in a famed Southern California wildlife sanctuary in foothill desert communities. The...

Wyoming wildfire prompts evacuations, nears water supply

Sep. 20, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A rapidly growing wildfire in southeastern Wyoming was closing in on a reservoir that's a major source of water for Cheyenne. Firefighters on Saturday ordered campers, hunters and anybody else still around to leave an over 300-square-mile (780-square-kilometer) area of Medicine Bow...