The Latest: Wyoming wildfire doubles in size

DENVER – The Latest news about the fires burning in the West: (all times are local):

10:55 pm

A wildfire burning in the southern part of Wyoming has doubled in size in the last 24 hours, and is now burned 8.2 square miles (21 square kilometers).

U. S. Forest Service spokesman Aaron Hollow says additional growth was expected Wednesday because of persistent hot, dry and windy conditions.

Hollow says 393 homes in the area have been evacuated because the fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest was first reported on Sunday.

s of state highways 230 and 10 are closed from the Forest Landing community at the Colorado state line.

About 200 firefighters are on the scene, with more on the way. They are supported by helicopters and one air tanker. No structures have been lost.

More than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming remain under evacuation orders because of the persistent forest fires


9:54 pm

Authorities say a fast-moving brush fire destroyed eight homes in the southern Utah tourist town of Moab, and that more than 3,000 people in Colorado and Wyoming remain under evacuation orders because of other fires.

Moab city officials say in a statement that the fire started Tuesday night in a wooded area near an apartment complex and is contained.

A fire reported Tuesday in a part of Colorado known for its ski resorts has forced the evacuation of more than 1,300 homes.

In Wyoming, near the border with Colorado, approximately 400 homes have been evacuated because of another fire.

And in southwest Colorado, residents of about 180 homes were allowed to return home because a fire is no longer considered a threat to the dwellings.

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