Badger Creek Fire Update 07-05-18

The fire is approximately 21,196 acres and 80% contained.

Photo Credit: Andy Faxon

Badger Creek Fire Statistics:                                                                    

  • Start:  June 10, 2018
  • Start Location: 2 miles NW of Mountain Home, WY
  • Approximate size: 21,196 acres
  • Approximate containment: 80%
  • Cause:  Under Investigation
  • Assigned Personnel: 179

Closures and Public Safety:  The current closure order, revised on June 30, and a map are available on InciWeb.

Fire Restrictions:  Stage 1 fire restrictions went into effect at 12:01 this morning, July 5, on all National Forest System lands within the Sierra Madre Range and Snowy Range on the Medicine Bow National Forest. For more information and details, visit the Badger Creek Fire’s Inciweb closure link at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5836/43668/.

 Pre-evacuations:  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.

Strategy: The Badger Creek Fire has been a full suppression fire from the time of initial response. Firefighters will implement strategies and tactics with the highest probability of success to protect values at risk.

Current Situation:  In the northeast corner of the fire, crews strengthened the hand line and dozer line along Forest Road 533. They used drip torches to burn minor pockets of green vegetation to create a more solid black perimeter line. As the weather warmed and humidity significantly dropped in mid-afternoon, a number of small interior areas picked up in fire activity and produced visible smoke. Patrol engines responded quickly to ensure none of the areas posed a threat to established containment lines. The 7-acre Lake Creek Fire was declared 100% contained at 4:40 yesterday afternoon.

A hand crew working the Lake Creek fire returned to work in the Highway 230 corridor. A night shift walked the perimeter line to continue watching for smoke and heat.

A hotshot crew has been ordered to work within the Porter Creek drainage. As fire activity allows, additional resources will be moved from other areas of the fire to the southeast corner to further monitor burning in the steep terrain found there. The public can expect to continue to see smoke from multiple points within the Badger Creek Fire, especially in the afternoon.

Tip Line: The Badger Creek Fire remains under investigation. 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.