Captions Children in a pickup truck being evacuated from the Medicine Bow National Forest due to a wildfire wave, smile and make faces for the camera. If they regret the intrusion on their Fourth-of-July holiday, they did not show it here. (Andrew Graham/WyoFile)

RVs, trucks towing boats and vacationers streamed through Albany the evening of July 3 as firefighters and sheriff’s officers evacuated campgrounds and cabin communities around the Rob Roy Reservoir in the face of a growing wildfire west of town.

The evacuation threw a damper on some people’s Fourth of July plans.

The children in the bed of this pickup truck, however, appeared to treat the evacuation as just another part of a grand Wyoming holiday adventure.

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The Keystone Fire grew quickly, from approximately 30 acres at mid-afternoon on July 3 to more than 100 acres at 5:30 p.m., the time of this photo. By Thursday afternoon it was at 1,300 acres, with 301 people working on it. 

The federal government updates wildfire activity, including activity on the Keystone Fire, at its InciWeb page.

Andrew Graham is reporting for WyoFile from Laramie. He covers state government, energy and the economy. Reach him at 443-848-8756 or at, follow him @AndrewGraham88

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