The east side of Casper Mountain has not seen a fire in over 100 years, but that all changed Sunday afternoon around 4:00 pm. As of right now (09/11/2012 at 8:03 pm), the Sheep Herder Hill fire had burned over 15,000 acres and is only 10 percent contained. Officials have said that some structures have burned, but the number has yet to be determined.
These photos were taken Sunday evening, a couple of hours after it started.
The next set of pictures were taken on Monday, September 10, 2012. The wind had picked up and was gusting to 50 mph. It looked like a bomb went off. I have seen a few wild land fires before, but this was so scary.
Thankfully, there are several planes and helicopters, along with extra ground support fighting the massive fire. One of the coolest aircraft here is the DC-10. The smoke was so thick today, I wasn’t been able to see them and take pictures. I will keep you posted on the advancement of this fire.