Wyoming Gunbarrel Fire Won’t be Out Until Snow

September 11, 2008

The Gunbarrel fire west of Cody is 78 percent contained, but U.S. Forest Service officials say full containment will only be reached when snow snuffs the fire out.

The fire has burned more than 67,000 acres, or about 104 square miles, of mostly bug-killed timber between Cody and Yellowstone National Park.

District Ranger Terry Root says that reports of small smoke plumes from the fire are still coming in, and Forest Service personnel have responded to those reports.

The fire began from lightning back in July and was managed to burn off dead trees.

Root notes that the $10 million cost of controlling the fire was a relative bargain compared what it would have cost to totally suppress it.

Source: KODI-AM.

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