Fire determined to be caused by a young male playing with matches in the grass behind homes on Ridecrest

(Casper, Wyo.) – The City of Casper issued the following statements following the Ridgecrest Fire:

A fire was started by a young male in the afternoon on Sunday, November 8, 2015.    The young male was playing with matches in the grass behind homes on Ridgecrest Drive in the Valley Hills area of Casper.  

The initial report of a wildland fire came into the Public Safety and Communication Center (Dispatch) at approximately 2:24 pm.  Fire Departments in Casper and surrounding areas responded.  

This was a wind driven fire.  Cheatgrass was the main fuel spreading the fire.  Many of the areas and structures that had removed or cut the grass around the structures remained safe.

However, two out structures were lost, one garage and one shed.  Additionally, some homes were damaged.  Crews graded a fire line around the fire and are monitoring the area over night and will remain on high alert as winds pick back up on Monday.

Residents on Ridgecrest Drive and Belmont Drive were initially evacuated by Casper Police and as of 5:30 pm are being allowed back into their homes.  Residents are asked to remain on the lookout.  Fire crews are still working the area inside the fire line.  

A water main on Glacier Place had a break as a result of the fire, and residents will be without water until it is fixed completely.

 The water main repair is expected to be finished tomorrow.