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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — More firefighting resources have been requested as crews struggle to contain a wildfire that has blackened 36 square miles of western Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. Fire officials say an undetermined number of campers in the area were forced to flee, and about 170 square miles of the forest have been closed off. Hot, dry weather has helped keep the fire active.

TORRINGTON, Wyo. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been arrested in Torrington on arson charges in the wildfire that burned in Guernsey State Park earlier this month. The fire chased out campers and park users on June 9 and ended up burning about 2,700 acres. KCWY-TV reports that the fire cost about $2.5 million to fight.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead is being guarded about what will happen in Wyoming now that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the federal health care law. Mead says Wyoming’s next step will come after careful study of the court ruling and meeting with experts, citizens and lawmakers. He did say he believes the health care law is not a good fit for Wyoming.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A national tribal advocacy group is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that essentially upholds President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The National Congress of American Indians says yesterday’s ruling affirms the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act that passed with Obama’s overhaul. The act authorizes new and expanded efforts to improve the health of indigenous people.

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