Upton Fire Destroys 1 House, Forces Evacuations
UPTON, Wyo. (AP) — One house has burned and dozens of others have been evacuated after a wildfire burned through the town of Upton in northeastern Wyoming.
State Forester Bill Crapser says no one was injured in the fire that started Tuesday afternoon southeast of Upton. He says the fire burned about 200 acres and was classified as about 75 percent contained Wednesday morning.
The fire destroyed one home and several outbuildings and forced the evacuation of about 25 other homes. Smoke from the fire forced the evacuation of a local school.
The Gilead Fire, also in northeastern Wyoming, has grown to 6½ square miles, prompting the Bighorn National Forest to close more roads and trails. Lightning started the fire on Aug. 14.