UPDATE: Natural Gas Fire to Burn Through Night in Opal, Wyoming

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Updated: 4/23/2014 9:58 pm

The entire small town of Opal in western Wyoming is still under an evacuation after a big explosion and fire at a nearby natural gas plant.

Officials say all employees at the gas processing plant were accounted for, and there were no reports of any injuries. All residents of the town of Opal Were told to leave as a precaution.

KPVI News 6 spoke with Licnoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson late Wednesday. He says because of the high risk involved, fire crews did not actively engage the fire. He says the fire is still burning and they will let it burn throughout the night.

Johnson said he did not know when the fire would be extinguished, but did say he hopes to have resident of Opal back in there homes sometime Thursday.

Highway 30 from Kemmerer to I-80 will remain closed. Lincoln County Spokesman Stephen Malik says the gas has been shut off at the plant.

The company that owns the plant is housing all of the town residents at hotels in Kemmerer.

OPAL, Wyo. (AP) -- A small town in southwest Wyoming has been evacuated after an explosion and fire at a natural gas pipeline hub.

Lincoln County spokesman Stephen Malik says there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated to an area about 3 miles outside the town as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City.

Malik says no structures in the town have been affected, and the fire is confined to the area operated by an energy company. Authorities received the first reports of the explosion and fire around 2 p.m. Wednesday at the facility operated by Williams Partners LP.

A company spokesman says all employees have been accounted for.

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