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Lightning starts Bomber Lake Fire near Dubois

(Photo courtesy of the United States Forest Service)

CASPER, Wyo. — A fire in the Wind River mountain range south of Dubois was discovered on Wednesday afternoon.

An aircraft confirmed the presence of the fire after reports of smoke, according to the United States Forest Service.

“The initial report of the fire was approximately 40-50 acres in size but was later determined to be 20 acres; it is located in rugged terrain 13 miles south of Dubois,” the forest service said on Thursday, Aug. 29.

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A lightning strike caused the fire which is near Bomber Lake.

“The safety of any public in the back country is the primary concern of fire managers,” the forest service added.

“As public and firefighter safety continue to be the number one priority, Shoshone National Forest fire managers are recommending no travel into the Bomber Creek area. This information has been posted at both the new and old Glacier Trail trailheads.”

The fire is being monitored and allowed “to play its natural role within the Fitzpatrick Wilderness.”

The forest service says the fire is unlikely to spread from its current location.

“[F]ire managers will monitor the fire using a combination of aerial platforms, lookout observations, and a remote camera that will view the fire from a distance,” they said. “This camera will be put into place on Friday, August 30th.”

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