Badger Creek Fire Activity Increases

Highway 230 has been closed due to fire operations though no evacuations have been ordered at this time.

Photo Credit Hanni Scott

The Badger Creek Fire has seen an increase in visible smoke today with the hot and windy conditions.  The fire is burning pockets of un-burned fuel and resources are on scene.  Additionally, highway 230 has been closed though no evacuations have been ordered at this time.  Containment is currently at 97%

Current Situation: The local forest takes over command with a smaller Type 4 organization today. There are 103 personnel assigned to the fire, but that number will decrease tomorrow. The Badger Creek Fire remains at 20,357 acres. Fire resources feel good about some of the previous uncontained areas and have increased the containment to 97%. Suppression action will continue near the perimeter and structures where it’s safe to do so.

Smoke has been visible from Highway 230 and Highway 10, due to the stronger winds and drier conditions. The fire is burning in areas where the initial fire went around. The fuels are now dry enough to start burning, which is producing visible smoke in the area. Expect to see smoke through the week with the hot, dry and windy weather.

Whether its foot and vehicle traffic or a drone that intrudes into the closure area, it causes the firefighters to disengage from their fire duties to engage with the public, causing valuable time lost and safety concerns. The Emergency Closure includes all spur roads and trails that enter into the burned area and are prohibited to the public, with the exception of authorized emergency resources on official duty and persons with a permit specifically authorizing them to be there. This closure allows firefighters to continue their work on the fire. Visit Inciweb for detailed information on the closure and violations to the Badger Creek Emergency Closure.

Motorists are encouraged to drive cautiously as firefighters continue to work in the area. The public should be aware that heat remains in some areas of 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.

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: 97%

Cause: Under Investigation