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JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A wildfire that for a time was threatening the town of Jackson has now been all but fully contained and firefighters are packing up some of their equipment. The Horsethief Canyon Fire has burned more than five square miles of forest south of Jackson since it started on Sept. 8. Investigators have been looking into what started the fire, which is classified as “human caused.”

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Marine helicopter pilot who declined to have a gun pointed at him by a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy is filing a civil rights suit over the incident. Capt. Robert Pierson was pulled over in August 2011 for openly carrying a pistol. He says the deputy agreed to let him go, if another deputy covered him at gunpoint. Pierson was released when a supervisor arrived.

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Campbell County Memorial Hospital says three patients at the hospital contracted cases of what’s commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria. The Gillette News-Record reports that the three cases occurred in the last six weeks. A hospital spokeswoman says all three patients are no longer at the hospital, but the hospital CEO declined to say if anyone died from the bacteria.

CODY, Wyo. (AP) __ State game officials say it’s the time of year when hunters and bears can collide. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says bears are more active just as hunters are headed into bear country for game. They remind hunters to use caution and carry bear spray.

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