Crews gain on Wyoming blaze; charred parts of New Mexico could see flash floods

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Cooler temperatures and higher humidity have helped firefighters in Wyoming gain the upper hand on a wildfire burning in a remote area southeast of Casper.

The 211-acre fire — burning through pine, grass and sagebrush — is 50 percent contained. The cause of the fire, which was reported Thursday, is under investigation.

Meanwhile, parts of New Mexico that have been blackened by wildfires are in danger of flooding.

The National Weather Service says a thunderstorm is expected to bring heavy rainfall from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains into the northeast highlands of New Mexico today and move into western New Mexico by late tomorrow.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and northeast highlands.

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