Wyoming’s Largest Wildfire Destroys 30 Homes

July 12, 2012

Firefighters quickly pounced on new wildfires started by lightning in northern Wyoming as they contained or gained near containment on the state’s largest fires.

The fire situation has improved a great deal in Wyoming because of rain and cooler weather over the weekend.

Firefighters are being reassigned elsewhere or are being rested.

Damage assessments are being made.

Albany County assessors tell KGWN-TV that the 150-square-mile Arapaho fire destroyed 30 homes, 11 commercial buildings and dozens of outbuildings northwest of Wheatland.

The lightning-caused fire is 80 percent contained.

Investigators are looking into the causes of other fires. They say the cause may never be determined on some.

The Fontenelle fire in western Wyoming was so large before it was discovered that officials can’t pinpoint where it started.

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