Badger Creek Fire Update 06-29-18

Rough estimates for fire size and containment are now 20,800 acres and 80%.

Current Situation: Another day of critical fire weather conditions is expected for Friday, June 29. High winds could drive active fire behavior. Incident personnel will work to keep the fire from spreading north of Forest Road 533 and toward Wyoming Highway 230, as well as limiting spread to the east towards Woods Landing. The fire is well established approximately one mile southeast of the highway in the Porter Creek drainage.

There were night operations that took place Thursday night and multiple burnouts were conducted to slow fire growth. Two drops of fire retardant from heavy air tankers were used to slow the fire on Thursday and additional air resources have been requested for Friday. As they are safely able to do, fire managers are planning to construct mechanized fireline to the north of the fire. Fire personnel will actively engage and suppress the fire in locations with the highest probability for success, and where they are safely able to do so.

Rough estimates for fire size and containment are now 20,800 acres and 80%. Those numbers reflect an approximate increase of 400 acres on the northeast corner of the fire area. More accurate figures may be obtained from aerial mapping Friday.

A new Type III incident organization will transition into management of the fire on Friday evening. Additional resources to assist the team have been requested and will join fire suppression efforts as those orders are filled.

Wyoming Highway 230 was temporarily closed Thursday afternoon and then reopened after fire activity decreased on Thursday evening. It closed again on Friday morning at 10 a.m. On the east end, the closure location is at Woods Landing, and on the west end it is at the Wyoming/Colorado state line. Highway 10 was closed at 11 a.m. at Woods Landing to Wyoming/Colorado state line. Travelers should make plans for alternate routes.

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.

There are multiple active timber sales in the southern Snowy Range, and due to the area closure, as well as the closure of Highway 230, log trucks may need to haul using alternate routes. Forest visitors should use caution, slow down, and be aware that they may encounter log trucks on routes that are non-typical.

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.

Badger Creek Fire Statistics:                                                                      

Start Date:  June 10

Start Location: 2 miles NW of Mountain Home, WY

Approximate size: 20,800

Approximate containment: 80%

Cause:  Under Investigation