UPDATE: The Latest on the fire near Casper as of 8:30 p.m.
According to reports, officials say homes in the Cole Creek area have been destroyed by fire which has rapidly spread. Residents in Casper are starting to gather supplies for those who have been displaced by the fire.
Many of those affected had livestock which have also been displaced. Officials are asking residents to drop off feed or hay at the Fairgrounds.
A shelter for evacuees has been set up at Casper College on the third floor of the Student Activities Center.
At 5 p.m. the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office expanded the evacuation order east to Meadow Acres. Later it was announced the Cole Creek Road will be closed Monday, leaving several residents displaced for the time being.
The last statement made by Casper Fire-EMS said “crews are still actively fighting the fire, evacuations will stay in effect at least 24 more hours. There are active flames and power lines down. Donations of bottled water are being accepted at all fire stations, just leave them at the door.”
CASPER – Casper EMS has called for the evacuation of the Coal Creek area near Casper. The fire started Saturday night in a woodchip pile at a Casper-area landfill.
Approximately two hours ago, the Casper EMS called for the evacuation of all non-fire personnel as the fire is spreading in the area. The Natrona County Fairgrounds is offering stall space for animals belonging to those evacuating the Coal Creek Area.
According to the department, Casper Fire EMS was on scene Saturday night at the balefill working a significant fire in a woodchip pile. They were assisted by Natrona County Fire as well as Evansville Fire EMS.
Officials said the fire is visible from a number locations in the city and may be increasingly visible after sundown.