Wildfire Rages In Aladdin, Wyoming Area

Some 250 firefighters on Thursday battled a wildfire sparked by burning garbage near the unincorported community of Alladin near the South Dakota border.


SUNDANCE, Wyo. (AP) -- Some 250 firefighters on Thursday battled a wildfire sparked by burning garbage near the unincorported community of Alladin near the South Dakota border.

The Basin Draw fire had burned about 3,200 acres of grass and mature forest at the base of Bear Lodge Mountains in Crook County since it began Tuesday and was located about five miles outside the community, officials said.

``The Alladin area itself is not threatened,'' said county firefighter Jari Gill.

The fire was moving away from the community, which has about 15 residences, Gill said.

No one has been hurt and no structures destroyed, and residents in the area have voluntarily left their homes, he said.

One helicopter and three tanker planes were aiding a U.S. Forest Service crew and firefighters from surrounding communities.

The Basin Draw fire is the largest to occur in Wyoming this summer, according to state forester Bill Crapser. Until this week, the largest wildfire in the state had burned 400 acres, he said.

Hot, dry conditions Thursday were expected to give way to cooler weather and a chance of rain later Thursday.