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Lightning starts Wyoming fire

Clark, Wyo. – Lightning from a passing storm Sunday evening ignited a fire between the North Bennett and Line Creek drainages of the Shoshone National Forest, approximately eight miles northwest of Clark, Wyo.

Fanned by strong west winds, the Hole in the Wall Fire grew immediately. It is currently estimated at 260 acres and is burning in a mix of beetle-killed timber and cured grass. Low fuel moistures, strong winds, large amounts of dead timber and steep ground pose a risk to firefighter safety.

Two engines and one helicopter are working the fire; additional resources have been requested and are on the way. Russ Wenke, Park County fire district administrator, will take command of the fire.

According to Terry Root, district ranger, “Firefighter and public safety are the number one priority.”

A public meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Clark Community Center, Clark, Wyoming. The purpose is to provide the public with information and answer questions pertaining to the Hole in the Wall Fire.

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