Crews reach 70 percent containment of Casper Mountain fire

2012-09-13T19:45:00Z 2012-09-22T21:27:29Z Crews reach 70 percent containment of Casper Mountain fireBy LEAH TODD Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online
September 13, 2012 7:45 pm  • 

Fire officials reported 70 percent containment on the Sheep Herder Hill Fire on Thursday night, saying the day’s efforts to strengthen the Casper Mountain wildfire’s northwest boundary were successful.

The eight-acre Elkhorn Fire was completely controlled by Thursday night.

The winds worked in firefighters’ favor Thursday, blowing any hot, loose embers back toward the already-burning areas rather than forward into unburned areas. Crews didn't light any more controlled burns, or burnouts, because Wednesday’s small, intentionally-lit fires so effectively cleansed a line of dry fuels from the northwest border of the blaze.

Friday’s efforts will focus on “mopping up” hot spots, creating buffer zones along existing fire lines and continuing to protect threatened structures. Fire officials will also be on the lookout for flare-ups, which are likely to spark considering the weekend’s forecast for hot, dry conditions.

“If there’s any unburned fuel close to a hotspot, it’s going to flare up given the conditions,” fire behavior analyst Glen Lewis said. “That’s definitely what they’ve been hitting hard today, to be prepared for those conditions coming up.”

Incident Management Meteorologist Rick Davis said the National Weather Service has issued a fire watch for Saturday, meaning predicted conditions look right for a red flag warning. Friday’s high temperature will reach 84 degrees, followed by 85 on Saturday.

Incident Commander Todd Pechota said crews would continue to monitor the newly extinguished Elkhorn Fire by air, but as of Thursday afternoon no heat or smoke from the fire was visible to officials.

The Sheep Herder Hill Fire erupted Sunday afternoon. Fire officials are still investigating the cause. The Elkhorn Fire is believed to have been ignited by lightning from a Monday afternoon thunderstorm.

Copyright 2015 Casper Star-Tribune Online. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

No Comments Posted.

Untitled Document

Civil Dialogue

We provide this community forum for readers to exchange ideas and opinions on the news of the day. Passionate views, pointed criticism and critical thinking are welcome. Name-calling, crude language and personal abuse are not welcome. Moderators will monitor comments with an eye toward maintaining a high level of civility in this forum. Our comment policy explains the rules of the road for registered commenters.

If your comment was not approved, perhaps...

  1. You called someone an idiot, a racist, a dope, a moron, etc. Please, no name-calling or profanity (or veiled profanity -- #$%^&*).

  2. You rambled, failed to stay on topic or exhibited troll-like behavior intended to hijack the discussion at hand.

  3. YOU SHOUTED YOUR COMMENT IN ALL CAPS. This is hard to read and annoys readers.

  4. You have issues with a business. Have a bad meal? Feel you were overcharged at the store? New car is a lemon? Contact the business directly with your customer service concerns.

  5. You believe the newspaper's coverage is unfair. It would be better to write the editor at, or call Editor Jason Adrians at 266-0545 or Content Director David Mayberry at 266-0633. This is a forum for community discussion, not for media criticism. We'd rather address your concerns directly.

  6. You included an e-mail address or phone number, pretended to be someone you aren't or offered a comment that makes no sense.

  7. You accused someone of a crime or assigned guilt or punishment to someone suspected of a crime.

  8. Your comment is in really poor taste.

Add Comment
You must Login to comment.

Click here to get an account it's free and quick

Featured Businesses

Latest Offers