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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Warm, dry, windy weather is expected in areas west of the Laramie range in much of the region through today. The National Weather Service has  issued a red flag warning through 9:00pm this evening for most of Wyoming, meaning conditions are ripe for the potential of explosive fire growth. Among some of the larger fires in the state, the 13,727-acre North Buffalo Fire in the Teton Wilderness is 8 percent contained.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The new Wyoming owners of the former Intermountain Resources sawmill in Montrose, Colo. say they hope mill operations can resume this month. The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colo. reports the sawmill is now owned by Montrose Forest Products LLC, which is owned by the Wyoming-based Neiman family. Financial details of the deal weren’t revealed, but the newspaper reports the deal takes the plant out of receivership and frees the new managers from burdensome contracts the mill once held.

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) — Four people received enough write-in votes in Powell to run for mayor in November, but the ballot will only list one candidate. Mayor Scott Mangold isn’t seeking a third term, and City Councilman Don Hillman was the only candidate who filed last spring to replace him. The Associated Press reports the three write-in candidates say they won’t run.

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Elk and other wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are beginning to leave the high country for lower elevations as they do every fall. The most obvious change in Yellowstone occurs in Mammoth Hot Springs. Typically, several large bull elk venture into the Mammoth area in the fall to compete for the attention of cow elk. Park regulations require visitors to stay a minimum of 25 yards away from most large animals and at least 100 yards away from bears.

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