CASPER, Wyo. — A wildfire has forced the closure of US 20/26 between Casper and Moneta, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
The closure went into effect at 6:27 pm. Parking along the roadway is prohibited. WYDOT says an estimated re-opening time is unknown.
The fire is burning along the highway in Natrona County near milepost 39 and was reported at around 6:08 pm Thursday, according to Casper Interagency Dispatch. What appeared to be smoke from the fire west of town was visible during the evening hours.
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The fire has burned approximately 1,000 acres, according to Natrona County Fire District Chief Brian Oliver. He said at around 8:25 pm that the fire was “moving fast through sagebrush and grass.”
Bureau of Land Management Wyoming spokesperson Tyson Finniscum said resources responding to the fire include:
- two BLM engines
- a large air tanker
- two single engine air tankers (SEATs)
- multiple state and county engines
The cause of the fire is unknown, Finnicum said at around 8:20 pm.