WPR News
9:53 am
Thu August 17, 2006

Progress Made On Casper Mountain Fire

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
tomorrow (Friday), which should help suppression efforts.
Crapser says the fire could be 50-percent contained by this
evening. He said the fire is now about 11-thousand acres, up from
about 10-thousand this morning.
Since it started on Monday, the fire has burned four cabins. But
NO one has been injured, and firefighters have kept the flames from
running through heavily timbered subdivisions where some 400 homes
have been evacuated.