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Smoke from the Whit wildfire west of Cody helped color the sky this week. At least two homes have been lost to the fire, and dozens of homeowners have had to evacuate. (photo by Dewey Vanderhoff)

Fire on the mountain

Longtime Wyoming shooter Dewey Vanderhoff captured this image of a glowing orange sky, courtesy of smoke from the Whit fire and a setting sun, about 15 miles west of Cody.
Wyoming Game and Fish Department biologists together with volunteers released 35 black-footed ferrets outside Meeteetse, Wyoming this week. The milestone event comes after years of captive breeding as part of an effort to restore the species throughout North America. (Photo courtesy Wyoming Game and Fish)

Back to the burrow

The prairie dog’s natural predator, the black-footed ferret, nearly disappeared from Wyoming’s high plains due to disease and rodent control.
Firefighter and EMS staffer Cody Lara watches the rest of a Fourth of July parade after participating in the procession Monday in Jackson. He is one of 460 firefighters employed in Wyoming, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Angus M. Thuermer Jr./WyoFile)


460 firefighters are employed in Wyoming where a deadly 1937 forest fire generated the idea for smokejumpers.
Grizzly 399, said to be the most famous grizzly in the world, is seen with her 2016 cub of the year on the morning they were first reported in Grand Teton National Park after emerging from their den. The cub was killed in a hit-and-run collision June 19. (c Leine Stikkel)

Famous mother

Grizzly 399 and her 2016 cub of the year, later killed by a vehicle, on the first morning they were reported out of their den.