Fast-moving wildland fire burns 87 acres around Zero Road on Monday

Trevor Trujillo, Oil City News

CASPER, Wyo. – The Natrona County Fire District responded to a wildland fire in the area of 10 Mile Road and Zero Road on Monday evening, according to a release from the agency.

The fire initially was reported around 5:42 p.m. burning on a hillside at the end of Zero Road. The report says a “sudden weather event” caused the fire to rapidly grow, moving to Poison Spider Road and threatening structures.

Trucks from Brush 7 and the BLM High Plains initially responded when the fire was roughly 2 to 3 acres in size. As the fire grew, evacuations were initiated and surrounding agencies were called, including air crews used to drop retardant.

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The fire was contained to 87 acres, and structural damage was limited to two outbuildings.

Brush 7 remained on the scene overnight and will monitor the area today.