Badger Creek Fire Update 7-3-2018

Current Situation:

There was no new growth reported on Monday. Yesterday, crews put in hand line and a dozer line on the northeast corner of the fire along Forest Road 533, also using bucket drops to cool down hot areas in the Porter Creek drainage. Specialists, referred to as fallers, cut trees near the Boy Scout Camp to improve safety for crews that will patrol for remaining heat. A 40-acre patch of unburned fuel in the southeast portion of the fire produced less smoke on Monday; activity included torching of single trees or groups of small trees. Resources from the Badger Creek Fire were shared with the nearby 5 acre Lake Creek Fire, which is located approximately three miles northwest of Fox Park. Engines were also used for night operations.

Today, crews will continue their work to reinforce fire line in the northeast corner of the fire and in the Porter Creek drainage. Engines will patrol and monitor all edges of the fire and address areas still retaining noticeable heat. Resources may continue to be shared with the Lake Creek Fire. Residents, recreationists, and travelers in southern Albany County should expect to see smoke from multiple sides of the Badger Creek Fire for an extended period of time.  There are 166 personnel assigned to the Incident.

Travel Information: Highway 230 and Highway 10 are open to all traffic at this time.

Albany County Emergency Management has issued a pre-evacuation notice for homeowners 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 homeowners should be aware of the emergency situation and be prepared to leave quickly if notified by emergency officials.

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: 21,196 acres

Approximate containment: 80%

Cause:  Under Investigation