September 12, 2012 – WYOMING – Firefighters are taking advantage of cooler, more humid weather to dig in around a wildfire burning on Casper Mountain. Crews were focusing Wednesday on building containment lines around the northwest corner of the Sheep Herder Hill Fire, the portion closest to most of the 750 homes threatened by the blaze. The fire has destroyed seven homes on the mountain overlooking Casper since breaking out Sunday. It hasn’t spread much in the last 24 hours and is listed at nearly 25 square miles and 10 percent contained. Investigators will also be in the fire zone looking into how the fire started. Fire spokeswoman Susan Ford said that’s a standard procedure when there aren’t any obvious signs of how a fire started, such as a lightning strike. –KULR 8
Officials say they have counted 36 homes and cabins destroyed by the wildfire burning on Casper Mountain. The number is a big jump from the seven confirmed earlier this week. But fire spokesman Pat McJunkin says firefighters weren’t able to get into the burned area until Wednesday to make a more accurate count. In addition, they counted 16 outbuildings destroyed. The Sheep Herder Hill Fire has been less active the past couple of days because of cooler, more humid weather. It’s holding steady at nearly 25 square miles and is now 50 percent contained.Some people evacuated by the fire have been allowed to return home. Six people are using a shelter set up by the Red Cross.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
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- Casper Mountain fire forces evacuation of 400 (billingsgazette.com)
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- 500 evacuees, 6 structures burned on Casper Mountain (billingsgazette.com)
- Wyo. wildfire forces 400 residents out (usatoday.com)
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- Large Mountain Fire in Wyoming (ireport.cnn.com)
- Wildfires threaten homes in northern Rockies, eastern Cascades (worldbulletin.net)
- 500 flee fire near Casper; 1,000 warned in Jackson (newsok.com)