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Dubois, U.S. 26 remain open despite wildfire

Jul 31, 2016 - From staff reports

Duboisremains open for business and visitors despite the presence of the Lava Mountain Fire 20 miles west of town.

287 homes in the area have been evacuated, but firefighters were able to slow its growth late last week and continued to contain the perimeter Saturday.

The blaze has not stopped travel on U.S. Highway 26, which remains open with a no-stopping zone in the vicinity of the fire.

"Businesses in the town of Dubois continue to operate normally and welcome visitors," a press release stated. "For the most part, the Lava Mountain Fire is leaving this beautiful part of Wyoming unaffected for travel and outdoor recreation. There are many summer events happening, and trails are available for hiking, biking, riding and ATV use and easy access to blue-ribbon fishing."

Officials continue to update local residents on when smoke could be expected to accumulate in town and urged that windows should be closed and exercise avoided during periods of heavy smoke.

A wellness screening and blood draw event scheduled last week at the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center in Dubois also progressed as scheduled. For more information call the Dubois Chamber of Commerce at 455-2556.

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