Wildfire Near Bondurant Grows


AP 7-19,2016

Firefighters are working to protect rural homes and businesses threatened by a wildfire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming.

U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Nan Stinson says about 20 summer homes and a commercial hot springs operation in Teton County were evacuated on Monday.

The fire started on Sunday about 5 miles north of the rural community of Bondurant in Sublette County and has burned about 10 square miles. About 300 firefighters are on hand.  The fire has grown to 6,700 acres, and is believed to have been started by lightning.

A 40-mile stretch of U.S. 191/189 from Daniel Junction to Hoback Junction is closed. The highway is heavily used by travelers heading to Jackson Hole.

Elsewhere, a small wildfire burning northeast of Dubois in a remote section of neighboring Shoshone National Forest is expected to continue growing because of hot, dry weather.