The Latest: winds increasing after Wyoming fire burn more houses

JACKSON, Wyo. – The Latest on a wildfire in western Wyoming (all times are local):

12:25 pm

The fire department expects an afternoon of light winds as they try to keep a forest fire from burning more homes in west Wyoming.

Monday forecast calls for gusts up to 30 mph (48 km / h) around Bondurant, a community of mainly vacation homes south of Jackson Hole.

The fire swept through a subdivision of 125 homes in the area and with Sunday. Local officials are still counting the number of houses and other structures have burned in addition to the three houses that burned earlier.

The authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than 300 homes.

The fire has burned about 75 square miles (194 square kilometers) of the mountain forest and open meadows.


9:42 pm

Authorities say a wildfire in western Wyoming near Grand Teton National Park has destroyed more buildings and forced the evacuation of more than 300 homes.

The officials were surveying the damage Monday after a fire started in windy, dry weather and swept through a rural neighborhood of about 125 homes on Sunday.

Emergency officials went door-to-door to tell people to leave the small community of Bondurant and nearby areas south of the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park.

A 64-mile (103 km) stretch of U.S. Highway 191 that is one of the gateway routes to the parks was reopened after the 76 square miles (197 square kilometers) fire forced the temporary closure.

Sublette County Sheriff ‘ s Sgt. Travis Bingham said authorities are trying to determine how many houses burned outside of the three officials of the identified previously.

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