Grass fire burns BLM land in northern Wyoming

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WORLAND, Wyo. (AP) — A grass fire in northern Wyoming has consumed more than 56 square miles (145 square kilometers) and closed a section of one state highway.

There are ranch homes in the area, but officials say no structures have been burned.

The fire is burning on mostly open Bureau of Land Management land in Washakie and Big Horn counties. It began Sunday night northeast of Worland with lightning strikes that ignited two fires that merged together.

The fire has spread rapidly in the parched sage and grass, but officials say it is 30 percent contained.

A 15-mile (24-kilometer) section of Wyoming 31 between Manderson and Hyattville in Big Horn County was closed Tuesday because of the fire.

Over 120 firefighters aided by air tankers and helicopters are battling the fire.

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