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Fire stopped east of Rock Springs


October 25, 2017

The Sweetwater County Fire Department, along with firefighters from other jurisdictions, battled a 400-acre wildland fire east of Rock Springs Sunday evening.

According to Mike Bournazian, the county's fire warden, the fire was located along the railroad tracks between Interstate 80 mile markers 152 and 158. It started when a railroad crew was cutting rail as part of the track maintenance.

"Even with all their precautions in place, it only took one spark in 50 mph winds with low relative humidity and very dry fuels to take off in the blink of an eye and become a raging wildfire," Bournazian...

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