Johnson County

*UPDATE* 10:30 a.m. Ash Creek Fire Information Officials confirmed via e-mail fire activity remains the same. Current weather conditions are perpetuating aggressive fire conditions in the Ash Creek area.

The Northern Rockies Incident Management Team Reports the Ash Creek Fire is now 55% contained, and has devoured more than 186,000 acres.

Assisted by helicopters and an air-tanker, firefighters in southeastern Montana worked Monday afternoon on firing operations and line construction on the Horse Creek Fire, which is 30 miles south of Hysham, and ignited Sunday afternoon.

Warren S. Brinkerhoff, 39, of Gillette, was killed in a motorcycle accident 34 miles Southwest of Buffalo in Johnson County.

The Ash Creek Fire, which began 10 miles east of Lame Deer and is spreading north and east, is now 40% contained, however, it has jumped Highway 212, west of Suicide Pass, and is now moving southeast.

Authorities are calling for evacuations in an area of southern Albany County where a fast-growing wildfire is burning through dry and dead timber.

State legislator, Bruce Burns, is sponsoring a committee proposal to raise funds for Wyoming's state parks.

The Johnson County Arts and Humanities Council is announcing a new performing arts and community theatre group will conduct auditions for their presentation of the “Wizard Of Oz.”

The Arts and Humanities Council is sponsoring the new group to provide an outlet for fun, creative community involvement and produce quality entertainment.

The annual Ucross Fireworks Extravaganza scheduled for Tuesday night at the Ucross Foundation has been cancelled due to the danger of fire from the hot dry weather.

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