Jun 20, 2012 The Associated Press

Progress seen on new fire

CHEYENNE -- Firefighters are hoping to take advantage of cooler weather in battling a wildfire burning in a remote and mountainous area of the Medicine Bow National Forest in east-central Wyoming.

The Russell's Camp fire is located about 30 miles south of Glenrock and has burned about 4 square miles since Sunday. There is no containment yet, but officials say they are making progress.

There are about 300 firefighters and six helicopters assigned to the fire.

Elsewhere, Guernsey State Park in southeast Wyoming, which was closed down by a 2,500-acre wildfire last week, is now completely open.

Casper OKs smoking ban

CASPER -- Casper has approved a ban on smoking in bars, restaurants, offices and other public spaces.

City councilors voted 6-2 in favor of the ordinance Tuesday night but decided not to put it into effect until Sept. 1. That will give opponents of the ban time to get the issue on November's ballot. If they do gather enough signatures to put the issue to voters, the council will decide whether to suspend the law until the vote or repeal it.

Bank robbery investigated

CODY -- Police in Cody are investigating one bank robbery and another attempted bank robbery.

One suspect may have been involved in both of Tuesday's incidents.

A man thought to be between 25 and 30 first tried to hold up the Sunlight Federal Credit Union. He handed the teller a note demanding money but then fled. No weapon was shown. About 1 1/2 hours later, a man of the same age and height, also wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, showed up at the First Bank of Wyoming and demanded money from a teller. Police say he obtained an undisclosed amount of money and then left. No weapon was used there either.

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