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Alpine Lake Fire at 10,545 acres
The Alpine Lake Fire above Fort Washakie in Fremont County could expand as hot, windy weather persists. Photo by Russ Wenke

Alpine Lake Fire at 10,545 acres; warnings in place across much of Wyoming

Sep 4, 2012 - From staff reports

After the Labor Day weekend, officials said the Alpine Lake Fire above Fort Washakie has burned a total of 10,545 acres since backcountry users first reported the blaze Aug. 7.

The fire was calm Monday, but Wind River Agency public information officer Karl Brauneis said forecasts are for hot, dry and windy weather throughout this week.

The weather report prompted a red flag warning that will be in effect through Tuesday evening for much of the state. National Weather Service officials said an approaching Canadian cold front would produce gusty winds from the north that would affect south and central Wyoming.

In Fremont County, Brauneis said he is focused on spot fires in areas of concern below Kirkland Range and Paradise Basin. A monitoring crew remains on the ground near the fire, he said, and his team is looking at options to transfer some logistical air support to horses and mules supplied through Darwin Griebel of Paradise Outfitters.

Two fires are burning in the Teton Wilderness: the 13,727-acre North Buffalo Fire, which is 10 percent contained, and the 1,510-acre Butte Creek Fire. The lightning-sparked Gilead Fire southwest of Story is burning on about 1,300 acres.

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