Multiple departments respond to vehicle fire that caused a wildfire

Vehicle engine malfunction causes wildfire near BB Brooks Ranch
Vehicle engine malfunction causes wildfire near BB Brooks Ranch(Natrona County Fire District)
Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 5:35 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Press Release) - On Friday, August 5th 2022, at approximately 08:07 am, the Natrona County Fire District (NCFD) was dispatched for the report of a vehicle fire in the area of East Ormsby Road and BB Brooks Boulevard in Natrona County. Reporting party stated that there was a truck that was fully engulfed and beginning to catch the grass around it on fire. A large black smoke column was visible during the response to the north of Casper, on the eastside of Interstate 25 after dispatch.

Multiple NCFD fire units responded to the scene. Units from the following agencies assisted with all incidents: Public Safety Communications of Casper, Evansville Fire-EMS, Bar Nunn Fire Department, Bureau of Land Management - High Plains Fire District (dispatch and fire units), a severity engine from the Wisconsin US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.

Crews arrived on scene to a decaying vehicle fire but an actively burning grass fire. Units went to work to quickly contain the grass fire and put the rest of the vehicle fire out. Some crews are currently on scene patrolling for hot spots, with others being released to return to service. The size of the grass fire was mapped out at 3.4 acres in size. This incident had the potential to become much larger but thanks to the fast response and hard work of firefighters, this fire was kept relatively small. No reports of injuries to firefighters were noted.

Fire Marshal Matt Gacke was the investigator for the fire. Gacke determined that the truck experienced mechanical failure; it overheated and started on fire. The vehicle was destroyed; but thankfully, the driver and the drivers dog were able to make it out of the truck without any injuries.

This incident again showed how well interagency cohesion worked with our mutual aid partners and agencies. NCFD would like to thank all units and resources that assisted with this incident. We would like to take this time and remind everyone to continue to mitigate for wildfire as much as possible. Mowing and cutting grasses down around your property can aid in slowing and even stopping fires. Whenever possible, do not park in tall grass and secure tow chains up high when hauling anything behind your vehicle. The heat from the exhaust and the sparks from chains against the road could start fires.

Thank you, Natrona County. Stay Safe!