1,000+ acre wildfire forces closure of US 20/26 between Casper and Moneta

(Courtesy of Natrona County Fire District)

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.

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.”

(Courtesy of Natrona County Fire District)

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.

(Courtesy of Natrona County Fire District)
(Courtesy of Natrona County Fire District)
(Oil City photo)