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Jackson Fire Started in Backyard

Elderly man is cooperating with investigators

The wildfire threatening Jackson, Wyoming, was started in the yard of an elderly resident south of town, witnesses report. In a statement released Tuesday, Jay and Jason Anderson said their 76-year-old father, James Anderson, is “extremely distraught” about starting the fire and is working with investigators on the fire that has burned four square miles of forest near Snow King Resort, just blocks from downtown Jackson. While no homes have been destroyed, 1,000 residents have been told to prepare to evacuate on short notice. The fire is 10 percent contained.

Via Casper-Star Tribune

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