casper mountain fire

Forest fire activity has been among the worst on record across much of the West this summer, but it should be a typical fire season here.

State Forester Bill Crapser says that’s because of the unseasonably rainy weather Wyoming saw in June and July.  Crapser says Wyoming’s fire season has started to pick up, but he doesn't expect things to get out of control.

Authorities still haven't determined what started the wildfire that burned 15,000 acres on Casper Mountain this summer.
 Natrona County Fire Inspector Dave Baker told the Casper Star-Tribune  that investigators believe it was human-caused. The leading theories are that the fire was accidentally started by ATV use or discarded smoking material or that it was intentionally set.
 The fire destroyed 37 homes and cabins. Authorities know of only one person who has rebuilt so far.

Officials say the Sheep Herder Hill fire on Casper Mountain is about 50 percent contained.

Officials also say there was a lot more damage then previously thought. 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.