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Helium Plant, Drilling Resume Near Western Wyo. Fire

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Things are starting to return to normal near a 100-square-mile burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The Fontenelle Fire was 80 percent contained Thursday and it hasn’t spread since Monday.

Fire managers say operations have resumed at a nearby helium plant and oil and gas wells. Ranchers have also been allowed to move cattle back into pastures that border the fire’s perimeter.

The 153-square-mile Arapaho fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest northwest of Wheatland is 88 percent contained. It may not be fully contained until after snow falls because some terrain is too rugged for firefighting.

Firefighters attacked new fires that started around the state Wednesday afternoon and evening but no homes were reported lost.

Winds are expected to be calmer Thursday and no red flag warnings have been issued.

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