Badger Creek Fire Update 06-19-18

WYO 230 is open and all evacuation orders have been lifted.

Public Meeting: There will be a public meeting for the Badger Creek Fire on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. Fire officials and cooperators will provide updates about the current status of the fire and respond to questions and concerns from the audience. The meeting will be held at the Albany County Fairgrounds (2934-2994 S 3rd St, Laramie, WY 82070).

Current Situation: The Badger Creek Fire remains 20,090 acres. Containment of the fire has increased to 88 percent. On Monday, firefighters continued to work on sections of uncontained fire line. Engines and crews patrolled the contained sections of the fire perimeter and communities within the fire area. Fire managers worked with utility providers to restore power and gas service to residences that lost service as a result of the fire. There have been no reported injuries and two reported illnesses of resources assigned to the Badger Creek Fire.

On Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., Wyoming highway 230 will reopen and all evacuations will be lifted. Firefighters’ efforts will focus on securing the remaining sections of uncontained fire line. As residents begin to return to communities that were evacuated because of the Badger Creek Fire, fire managers advise that there may still be hazards in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and drive slowly as fire engines and heavy equipment continue to work throughout the fire area. Smoke and flames may still be visible from within the fire’s perimeter; however, these do not pose a risk to any additional fire growth or spread. Fire-weakened and beetle-killed trees could fall without warning. For more information, please visit the Badger Creek Fire InciWeb page.

Strategy: The Badger Creek Fire is a full suppression fire with the objectives of minimizing negative impacts to structures, private property, infrastructure, and natural and cultural resources. This is accomplished by implementing strategies and tactics that allow for firefighters to be successful while minimizing unnecessary risk.

Weather: Drier air moved into the area on Monday. On Tuesday, temperatures will be in the upper 60s with relative humidity ranging from 25 to 29 percent. Wind direction will shift from the southwest to west, and then to west-northwest as the day progresses. Wind speeds will be between 9-13 mph with gusts to 22 mph.

Closures and Public Safety: 

Wyoming Highway 230 will reopen at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

All evacuation orders for the Badger Creek Fire have been lifted.

An emergency closure remains in place on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest – Laramie Ranger District and the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest – Canyon Lakes Ranger District. The closures are in place to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel during operations for the Badger Creek Fire and will remain in effect until rescinded.

Forest Service roads within the emergency closure orders remain closed. The U.S. Forest Service is working with the incident management team, and residents who have homes in the closure area, and will provide access to residents only.

Tip Line: Although the Badger Creek Fire remains under investigation, preliminary investigation indicates that the Badger Creek Fire was human-caused. If you have information on activity occurring in the area near Mountain Home Off-Highway Vehicle Trails north of Forest Road 501 and south of Forest Road 544, please call the Medicine Bow National Forest – Laramie Ranger District anonymous tip line at 307-745-2392. When calling the tip line, please provide information about the date, time, location, and any identifying facts about the activity.