Badger Creek Fire Update 06-28-2018

New acres were burned Thursday, however, aerial mapping will be necessary on Friday in order to assess exactly how much the fire grew.

Photo Credit: Andy Faxon

Current Situation: On Thursday afternoon, strong winds, high temperatures, and low humidity helped push the fire past previous containment lines in the northeast corner. Fire managers utilized resources assigned to the fire and ordered additional resources to assist with suppression efforts. Helicopters, heavy air tankers, bulldozers, engines, and hand crews all worked to actively suppress the fire on Thursday.

Wyoming Highway 230 was temporarily closed Thursday afternoon and then reopened after fire activity decreased on Thursday evening. It is very likely that the highway will need to be closed again on Friday, as the potential for active burning will be high. Travel along Wyoming Highway 230 is discouraged on Friday, since a closure could occur at any time. Travelers should make plans for alternate routes.

New acres were burned Thursday, however, aerial mapping will be necessary on Friday in order to assess exactly how much the fire grew.

Albany County Emergency Management has issued pre-evacuation notice for home owners along Highway 10, north of New Jelm to Woods Landing, then along Highway 230 from Woods Landing to the Fox Creek Road (County Road 47) turnoff, and then north along Fox Creek Road to Forest Road 311A. This applies to homes along both sides of the highways and county road, up to the Forest boundary. Pre-evacuation notice means that home owners should be aware of the emergency situation and be prepared to leave quickly if notified by emergency officials.

Forecasted weather for Friday is for extremely critical fire weather conditions. Red flag winds will persist from the southwest at 20 mph, gusting higher. Temperatures will be near 80 with low humidity.

Residents, recreationists, and travelers in southern Albany County should expect to see smoke from the Badger Creek Fire for an extended period of time.

Strategy: The Badger Creek Fire has been a full suppression fire from initial response. 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 area 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.

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Start Date:  June 10

Start Location: 2 miles NW of Mountain Home, WY

Cause:  Under Investigation