On Wednesday afternoon, there was a grass fire present near the Dave Johnston Plant which was caused by a lightning strike.

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Converse County Emergency Management made a post on their Facebook page providing more information on the fire.

According to Emergency Management, a lightning strike started the fire in the area of Tank Farm Road and the Dave Johnston Power plant east of Glenrock.

Fire units from Glenrock Fire, Converse County Rural Fire, Douglas Fire, the Bureau of Labor Management, Wyoming State Forestry, United States Forest Service, two helicopters, air attack, two single engine air tankers, several water tankers, two road graders, and multiple personnel worked on the fire all afternoon and into the evening.

The emergency department said, "The fire is now 'contained' with active fire in a dry creek bed in the trees still on the interior of the fire."

The estimated rough acreage is 1500 acres, with formal mapping being done tomorrow.

Mandy Bagwell-Mall
Mandy Bagwell-Mall

The Evansville Fire-EMS put out a statement on Facebook saying that they are aware of the fire, but that it has not entered Natrona County.

"The smoke visible east of Casper is a fire in Converse County. Evansville Fire & EMS along with Natrona County Fire Protection District units have patrolled eastern Natrona County and determined the fire to not be in our county. With fuels drying out and temperatures expecting to be hot and dry, please stay vigilant and use caution when using anything that could spark a wildfire."

The Natrona County Fire District is also aware of the fire.

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