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Wildland fire east of Casper contained after residents evacuate

Active wildfire burning in the area of Coal Creek Road and Geary Dome Road Tuesday night (Contributed)

CASPER, Wyo. — A wildland fire burning east of Casper was contained shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after emergency personnel worked to evacuate residents in the area.

At 10:15 p.m., the Natrona County Fire District reported that crews had finished running safety routes and that the road at East Yellowstone Highway and South Hat Six Road had been reopened to residents so they could return home. Crews are to remain in the area tonight and into the morning to watch for any rekindling of the fire.

The fire district reported the blaze at 8:11 p.m. on Facebook, and moments later called for residents in the area of Cole Creek Road and Geary Dome Road to prepare for evacuation. Multiple agencies, including the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, responded to the fire, the district reported.

At 9:20 p.m., the sheriff’s office said that due to “immediate and imminent danger, emergency personnel are currently working to evacuate residents, pets and livestock” in the area of Alexander Road, of Geary Dome Road, east of Cole Creek Road and north of the Platte River. It also reported that Hat Six Travel Center was offering its services to evacuated residents.

The sheriff’s office shared news of the fire’s containment about 20 minutes later. The update stated that the road closure at East Yellowstone Highway and South Hat Six Road would continue while emergency crews worked to ensure the fire was no longer a threat and until residents could return home.

When the Natrona County Fire District first reported the fire, it also said there were downed power lines in that area. In the sheriff’s office’s 9:41 p.m. update, it was reported that Rocky Mountain Power was reporting outages there.

“It is fire season. We urge our community members to be aware of their surroundings. If you see something, say something. If you spot a fire, no matter the size, report it to 911,” the Natrona County Fire District’s update stated.

The cause of the wildland fire is under investigation, the fire district said.