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Keyhole State Park nixes

Keyhole State Park nixes fires

Jun 27, 2012 - The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- Keyhole State Park in northeast Wyoming has become the latest place in Wyoming to prohibit open fires due to extremely dry conditions and the risk of wildfires.

Wyoming state park officials say fire bans are now in effect in Keyhole as well as Guernsey, Glendo and Bear River state parks. Open fires also are prohibited at Hawk Springs State Recreation Area south of Torrington

One difference is that while some state parks allow charcoal grills with lids, only propane grills are allowed at Keyhole.

Last week, Keyhole officials cancelled an annual professional fireworks display due to extremely dry conditions.

A wildfire two weeks ago burned more than four square miles of Guernsey State Park in southeast Wyoming. The fire bans will remain in effect until further notice.

Elsewhere, there was some good news on the firefighting front in Wyoming.

The fire lines held on the Russell's Camp fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest on Tuesday despite wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

Officials say the fire remains 45 percent contained but more strong winds are expected Wednesday. The fire has burned about 8 square miles.

Another fire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming has grown to about 12,000 acres. Area trails and roads have been closed.

And a wind driven grass fire in Johnson and Sheridan counties burned about 15,000 acres and forced the evacuation of about 30 ranch homes in Sheridan County on Tuesday.

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