Casper, Wy – Wyoming has recorded the first case in the country of Vesicular Stomatitis. It causes blister like lesions to form throughout the mouth and in the nostrils hooves and teats. Animals will generally not eat or drink and it can cause lameness. The National vet lab in Iowa confirmed that a ten year old Wyoming horse from Natrona County has V-S. Some 29 other horses and 25 cattle were listed as normal by investigators. The horse has been isolated and the affected premises have been quarantined. Animals going to the state fair must be tested.
Casper, Wy – Crews made progress today (Thursday) toward controlling the wildfire that has forced the evacuation of hundreds of homes this week south of Casper. Bill Crapser is Wyoming state forester. He says officials are guardedly optimistic about their progress on the fire. But, he says, the wind is hard to predict, so they're NOT ready to celebrate yet. Crapser says there now are more than four-hundred firefighters on the scene. And forecasters are calling for cooler conditions
Dubois, Wy – While many of the state's firefighting resources are concentrated on Casper Mountain, officials are still watching a fire west of Dubois and hoping that it doesn't threaten developments. Fremont County Fire Warden Craig Haslam says the blaze has burned about eight-thousand acres -- or about 12-and-a-half square miles -- in a far corner of Fremont County. So far, NO evacuations have been ordered, and NO developments are threatened. But there also is NO estimate of containment.
Dubois, Wy – While a wildfire burning on Casper Mountain is getting the most attention, there are other fires burning in Wyoming. The Purdy Fire has burned nearly eight-thousand acres about 21 miles west of Dubois. Ellen Jungck is fire information officer on the Purdy Fire. She says the Purdy Fire is about nine miles west of two subdivisions that together have about 200 buildings. She says residents have been alerted that they should be prepared to evacuate if necessary. There are 164 firefighters assigned to the Purdy Fire, together
Casper, Wy – Shifting winds today (Wednesday) continued to drive the Jackson Canyon fire through heavy timber on Casper Mountain, south of Casper. But firefighters have prevented the loss of homes there so far. The fire is burning about five miles south of Casper. It spread from a reported eight-thousand acres this morning (Wednesday) up to 96-hundred acres by noon. That's about 15 square miles and hundreds of residents have been evacuated from their homes. A top-level federal fire management team took over control of
Laramie, WY – A wildfire is threatening several hundred homes near Casper Mountain at this hour. One hundred firefighters are battling the fire tonight and another hundred will likely join them by tomorrow morning. An official says the fire jumped containment lines today, pushing fire crews back to protect threatened homes in the Casper Mountain subdivision. Bill Crapser is the Wyoming state forester. He says the six-thousand-acre-fire is not the biggest he's seen this season, but it's a bad one.