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Fire and emergency crews kept busy over holiday weekend (VIDEO)

A Large Air Tanker fights wildfires in Natrona County Sunday, July 5 (Natrona County Fire District, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo — Natrona County Fire District (NCFD), Casper Fire-EMS and partner agencies around Casper had a busy Fourth of July weekend, including multiple wildfires and 911 calls, including:

I-25 rollover and vehicle fire July 4 in Casper

An overturned truck and an attached camper caught fire on I-25 in the westbound lane just east of the Bryan Stock Trail exit.  Evansville Fire EMS, Casper Fire-EMS, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Natrona County Sheriffs Office, Evansville Police Department and Wyoming Medical Center responded to the crash. Only minor injuries were reported.

A truck and camper are engulfed in flames after a crash on I-25 on July 4, 2020 (Contributed by Gabe Dean)

Casper Mountain Fire District crews hike 2 miles to fight wildfires

Casper Mountain Fire District (CMFD) personnel responded to two wildfires Sunday west of Red Creek School.  Vehicle access was untenable and crews hiked approximately 2 miles to the scene.  They fought the fires for approximately 6 hours with limited water before feeling they had made the area safe and returned to the station, CMFD said on social media.

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Natrona County Fire District fights multiple wildfires

NCFD crews shared this video of a Large Air Tanker dropping a retardant line on one of the larger fires over the weekend. The plane can deliver between 2,000-4,000 gallons of retardant in a single drop, according to NCFD.

Structure fire, potential drownings

Salt Creek Emergency Services with Natrona County Fire extinguished a structure fire in Midwest. 

Casper Fire-EMS crews also responded to three potential drowning calls on the Platte River. Pat McJunkin of Casper Fire-EMS said people floating on the river had become separated from their watercraft but were safe. He said people often (and are encouraged) to report empty water craft. He also recommended attaching contact information to watercraft, so that if the craft is found abandoned, authorities can ensure the safety of the former occupants. 

A further breakdown of the calls NCFD ran this weekend will be featured later. 

Interagency support was provided by:

  • Natrona County Fire District
  • Evansville Fire-EMS,
  • Mills Fire-EMS
  • Bar Nunn Fire
  • Salt Creek Emergency Services
  • Wyoming Medical Center
  • Wyoming Life Flight
  • Casper Police
  • Natrona County Sheriff
  • Wyoming Highway Patrol
  • Casper Public Safety Communications Center