By Ernie Over, WyoToday
The Washakie Park Fire 12.4 miles West of Fort Washakie on the Wind River Reservation has now grown to 1,800 as of 6 a.m. Friday morning. The fire was producing a large cloud of smoke Thursday afternoon, that combined with winds from a passing cold front, filled the Wind River Basin and points east with thick smoke. The fire started on Tuesday. The BIA Wind River Forestry is the primary agency fighting the blaze. A large chinook helicopter, operating out of the Central Wyoming Regional Airport in Riverton was dropping water on the blaze. Overnight Thursday there was rain that passed over the fire and the cooler temperature, in the upper 30s this morning, should help dampen the blaze.