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Casper Mountain fire

A man rides a four-wheeler along Hat 6 Road through thick smoke from the Casper Mountain wildfire on Monday in Casper, Wyo. The fire spread rapidly eastward Monday morning and had burned about 10,000 acres by 1 p.m.

CASPER, Wyo. — Seven homes are confirmed destroyed by a wildfire on Casper Mountain.

Firefighters say the Sheep Herder Hill fire is threatening another 750 homes. About 400 people have been evacuated from 150 homes. Three commercial properties also are at risk.

The fire has burned almost 24 square miles since it started Sunday.

Firefighters plan Tuesday to deploy more than a dozen aircraft against the fire, including two air tankers and seven helicopters.

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More than 200 firefighters are on the scene, and the number is growing. They hope to get help from calmer winds and cooler weather, but now have two fires to worry about.

Another fire measuring less than 10 acres has started about a mile north of the main fire.

What caused the Sheep Herder Hill fire remains under investigation.

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