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Wind River fire picks up speed

Submitted by Newsroom on August 31, 2012 – 9:14 amOne Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – A wildfire burning in a remote mountain area of Fremont County at about 10,000 feet above sea level picked up speed this week, gathering another 1,000 acres.

In his last report Thursday, spokesman Karl Brauneis of the Wind River Agency said the Alpine Lake Fire burning in the Wind River Mountains on the Wind River Indian Reservation had claimed 7,400 acres, but was still well within what he called the fire planning area.

Managers have been letting the wildfire burn for the past three weeks because it’s not threatening any human life or property and it’s in a rugged, inaccessible area of the mountains. It was the highs winds and low relative humidity that caused the movement this week. New closures have now been put in place. We’ll pass those on at the top of the hour.

Photo by Karl Brauneis

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Comment by LARRY BECKWITH
2012-08-31 10:15:55

I LIVE IN LANDER WYOMING AND I HAVE A BREATING PROBLEM. WHICH IS COPD.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THEY ARE LETTING FIRES BURN. JUST BECAUSE THERE ARE NO BUILDINGS THAT CAN BURN IN THE PATH OF THE FIRE.

WHAT ABOUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO BREATHE THE UNCLEAN AIR THAT IS GOING ALL OVER THE AREA.

PLEASE HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND WHY.

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