Badger Creek Fire Update 06-22-18

Home Owners May Return to the Gramm Community

Current Situation:  The residents of Gramm are able to return to their homes. Firefighters have been working hard to assure that the community of Gramm is safe to re-enter.

The Badger Creek fire is being managed by a Type 3 Incident Management Team.  There are currently 146 personnel assigned to the fire. There has been no growth on the Badger Creek Fire and it remains 20,357 acres with 94% containment.

The public should be aware that there will still be smoke and some flare ups from stump holes and logs within the fire’s interior. Dry, warmer and windy weather conditions are predicted in the next 48 hours over the fire, which cause unburn pockets of fuel to burn.  Expect an increase in visible smoke with some single tree torching during this time. The firefighters are monitoring areas of concern and cooling hot spots along the perimeter and near structures.

Residents should be aware that smoke and flames may be visible within the fire’s interior; 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. Motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously as firefighters continue to work in the area.

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.

Closures and Public Safety:  An emergency closure remains in place on the Medicine Bow National Forest – Laramie Ranger District in the immediate area of the Badger Creek Fire.  The closure is in place to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel.

Tip Line: 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.

Badger Creek Fire Statistics:                                                                       

Start Date:  June 10

Location: 2 miles NW of Mountain Home, WY

Size:  20,357 acres

Percent Contained:  94%

Cause:  Under Investigation