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Terek Fire

An oil well is illuminated by the Terek Fire last Monday north of Worland. The wildfire was reported last Sunday night and measured 44,000 acres by Wednesday morning. 

A lightning-caused wildfire in northern Wyoming blazed for a third full day Wednesday, while containment was expected to continue past the 60 percent achieved Tuesday night.

The Terek Fire, northeast of Worland, measured 44,000 acres by late Wednesday morning, up about 8,000 from the day prior. Much of the increase was attributable to more precise mapping, a Bureau of Land Management spokeswoman said Wednesday afternoon.

Some of the fire’s growth could also be attributed to strategic burning by firefighters, Laura Lozier said. Those burns were undertaken in an attempt to consume fuel and contain the blaze, she said.

Lozier said she did not have new containment figures available by mid-afternoon Wednesday. She expected the new total would be above the 60 percent measured on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“Favorable weather conditions,” including cooler temperatures and relatively mild morning winds, helped contribute to firefighting efforts, Lozier said.

Wyoming Highway 31, which had been closed to through traffic between Manderson and Hyattville, has been reopened, according to a Wednesday morning BLM social media post.

No structures have been lost to the blaze, Lozier said.

By Tuesday, 120 firefighters and eight aircraft had been assigned to the fire, from federal, state and county agencies

The blaze, which began as three smaller fires sparked by lightning strikes, was reported to authorities about 11 p.m. Sunday night. It is between U.S. Highway 16 and Wyoming 31.

In southern Wyoming, a fire that has been burning since June 10 is 90 percent contained. The Badger Creek Fire has burned more than 21,000 acres in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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