Wyo. Forestry: State's Resources "Pretty Well Taxed" by Wildfires

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Wyoming Forester Bill Crapser says the state's resources are "pretty well taxed" as crews battle eight fires throughout the state, six of which started within the last week.

Firefighting crews from around the West are being sent to
Wyoming and the state has mobilized National Guard soldiers to help battle wildfires.

Five 20-man federal hot shot crews from other states are joining crews already in Wyoming from Oregon and Colorado. Four teams will help out on a fire about 15 miles north of Gillette that has burned about 2,000 acres.

Heavy smoke has prompted Campbell County to issue a health advisory, and residents were urged to evacuate, but emergency management coordinator David King said he didn't know if any residents remained in the area.

Elsewhere, the state activated 13 Wyoming National Guard
soldiers on Wednesday to help transport firefighters who are working to contain a 2,000-acre fire north of Cody.

A 14,460-acre fire west of Wheatland was 80 percent contained Wednesday and the 800-acre Warm Springs fire west of Dubois was 65 percent contained.

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