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Wind turbine fire turns into 700-acre blaze in southwest Wyoming

We have been able to get a couple retardant drops from the air tonight. 10% containment. 45 firefighters on the fire from Uinta, Sweetwater and Lincoln Counties, BLM and USFS. Lower Temps and higher humidity will aid in the effort overnight. #cowboyfire

Posted by Uinta County Fire and Ambulance on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fire crews are fighting a 700-acre wildfire northeast of Evanston after a wind turbine ignited early Saturday afternoon and the flames spread into sagebrush and trees.

The Cowboy Fire was 10 percent contained as of Saturday evening, according to Uinta County Fire and Ambulance. Lower temperatures, higher humidity and rain helped calm the fire overnight.

Sunday morning, some 45 firefighters from Sweetwater, Uinta and Lincoln Counties – as well as the BLM and U.S. Forest Service – moved to secure the perimeter before afternoon winds pick up and temperatures rise.

Additional firefighting resources, including a dozer, arrived overnight, according to Uinta County Fire Warden Eric Quinney.

Air attack on Saturday made multiple retardant drops on the Cowboy Fire.