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Tue August 15, 2006
Casper Mountain Fire Threatens Homes
Cheyenne, WY – A fast-growing forest fire is threatening
homes this evening on Casper Mountain and a state official says some residents have been ordered to evacuate.
Officials said the fire was reported at about 11:30 a-m. today (Monday) and grew quickly.
State Forester Bill Crapser says some structures may have been lost. He said that as of 6 p-m, crews estimated the fire had burned about 800 acres.
Crapser says firefighters are optimistic that the main body of the fire seems to be moving away from the area of Casper Mountain where most of the homes are concentrated. He says fire officials
had told him the fire was moving southeast of most of the houses.
Crapser says firefighters, including air tankers and helicopters, are focusing on the northeast edge of the fire to try
to protect buildings.
Crapser says the Natrona County Sheriff's Department, in consultation with other agencies, has issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents who live west of Casper Mountain Road and south of Hogadon Road.
Crapser says the rest of the mountain is under voluntary evacuation. It was unclear how many residents actually left.