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Shelters Deployed on the Shoshone Nationsl Forest

by Chris Sorensen |

10 firefighters deplyed shelters Tuesday in a fast moving fire on the Shoshone National Forest.

The fire season took a serious turn Tuesday when gusty winds blew a wilderness blaze close enough to a crew of 10 firefighters they used emergency fire shelters to protect themselves.

The firefighters survived without injury from the event at the Little Venus Fire in the Shoshone National Forest's Washakie Wilderness, incident commander Byron Bonney said in a telephone interview Wednesday. The fire burns about 40 miles northeast of Togwotee Pass. It made a run down rugged terrain along the Greybull River and toward several ranches on Tuesday afternoon.

It moved so fast the firefighters "found themselves in harm's way" and hid under their tent-like shelters, according to a statement. "The blaze moved so quickly through the dry fuels that they used their fire shelters for protection," spokesman Steve Till wrote in a release.

Officials didn't say how close the fire came to the crew, would not release its home town or allow interviews with its members. Release of more information will follow an investigation, they said.