Containment of Badger Creek Fire Increases to 94 Percent

Residents should be aware that smoke and flames may still be visible within the fire’s perimeter; fire-weakened and beetle-killed trees could fall without warning; and stump holes and ash pits pose a risk to those walking off of established roadways within the fire perimeter.

Current Situation: On Tuesday, Wyoming highway 230 was reopened and all evacuations were lifted. Firefighters were able to successfully contain a section of control line in the northeast corner of the fire, east of Wyoming highway 230, bringing containment up to 94 percent. The Badger Creek Fire is now 20,357 acres. The additional acreage is due to better mapping of the fire’s perimeter and not new growth. All of the containment lines were tested by strong outflow winds on Tuesday, and the fire did not spread. Firefighters and engines patrolled the entire fire perimeter; taking any necessary action where they could safely cool remaining hot spots. A public meeting for the Badger Creek Fire was held on Tuesday evening with good attendance both in person and online.

As Rocky Mountain Team Black prepares to transfer command of the Badger Creek Fire to a smaller incident management team on Thursday, members of the incoming team will shadow Rocky Mountain Team Black to ensure a smooth transition. Firefighters will continue to patrol the fire’s perimeter and address hazards where the can do so safely and successfully. As residents continue to return to communities that were evacuated because of the Badger Creek Fire, fire managers want them to be aware there may still be hazards in the area. Motorists are encouraged to drive slowly as firefighters continue to work in the area. Residents should be aware that smoke and flames may still be visible within the fire’s perimeter; fire-weakened and beetle-killed trees could fall without warning; and stump holes and ash pits pose a risk to those walking off of established roadways within the fire perimeter.

Future fire updates will continue to be available on InciWeb, Facebook, Twitter, or by calling the fire information line.

Strategy: The Badger Creek Fire is a full suppression fire. Firefighters will implement strategies and tactics where and when they can continue to be successful protecting values with the lowest risk necessary.

Weather: On Wednesday, temperatures will be in the mid-60s with relative humidity values ranging from 34-39 percent. Winds will be light at 4-7 mph, before shifting to northwest winds at 8-11 mph with gusts up to 15 mph. Showers and thunderstorms are possible over the fire area this afternoon. A warming and drying trend is expected from Thursday through Saturday. Seasonal conditions will prevail with temperatures from the upper-60s to the mid-70s, and relative humidity values ranging from 13-17 percent.

Closures and Public Safety: 

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 and will remain in effect until rescinded.

Although all the evacuation orders for the Badger Creek Fire have been lifted, access to the Gramm community is still restricted due to fire operations in the area and continued public safety concerns. Homeowners from the Gramm community can contact Nick Collard, Special Uses Administrator, for specific information (307-745-2317).

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.