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SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) — Two major wildfires in California have sent nearly 8,000 people fleeing to safety. Fire officials said on Sunday 4,000 people evacuated and other 7,400 were told to prepare to leave their homes as a fire swept through grassy foothills in the Sierra Nevada, about 60 miles north of Sacramento. In Southern California, some 3,600 people evacuated as a result of a wildfire in the Santa Ynez Valley east of Santa Barbara.
ALBANY, Wyo. (AP) — Fire managers say good weather has helped them make progress fighting a wildfire in southern Wyoming burning in beetle-killed trees. The Keystone Fire has burned 3 square miles (8 square kilometers) in the Medicine Bow National Forest near the Rob Roy Reservoir, which supplies water to Cheyenne.
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming teen has pleaded guilty to raping and trying to kill a 4-year-old girl. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Brandtly Bedsaul of Casper pleaded guilty Friday to charges of first-degree sexual assault of a minor and attempted murder as part of a plea agreement. If a judge agrees to the agreement, Bedsaul would be sentenced to 60 years to life in prison.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — New devices have been inserted deep underground at the recreation area in the Wyoming portion of the Black Hills National Forest to monitor landslides. The Rapid City Journal reports that data from the devices is relayed to the smartphones of U.S. Forest Service employees, who can order an evacuation when conditions indicate the potential for a fast-moving landslide or mudslide. Black Hills National Forest geologist Karl Emanuel says there are numerous slow-moving landslides near the lake.
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