About 35 acres of the Casper Mountain foothills have a new shade of black to them.

According to Casper Fire E.M.S., at around 4pm someone playing with a model rocket caused a medium sized grass fire on the southeast side of Casper.

The fire started in a large field just south of the intersection of Beverly and 24th Streets.

As it drew closer to Wyoming Boulevard, emergency crews were forced to shut down the road between McKinley Street and Country Club Drive. The fire quickly raced up a hill, but once it got to the top Casper and Natrona County fire crews were able to stop it from going any further.

About 10 units were called to the scene and they were able to put out the blaze by 6pm. No one was injured and all nearby homes were saved.

Fire department officials want to remind everyone that this is the dry season and to be careful with anything that might start a fire. Conditions are right for wildland and forest fires to start easily and burn quickly.

Conditions were similar 5 years ago when the Casper Mountain Fire started.

Click here to see photos of the fire



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