WYOMING – Wyoming’s wildfire season is officially underway as firefighters respond to the first blaze of the season in the southeast part of the state.
The Badger Creek Fire is burning in the Snowy Range on the Medicine Bow National Forest. The 100-acre fire grew quickly yesterday after initial discovery early Sunday. The fire is burning in lodgepole pine and in an area of the forest that sustained heavy beetle kill in recent years.
The fire is located off of Forest Road 501, near a network of ATV trails at the headwaters of Badger and Pelton creeks, approximately 2.5 miles north of the Wyoming-Colorado state line.
WYDOT has closed WYO 230 between Woods Landing and Colorado due to the fire crossing the highway. The road will remain closed until it is safe to reopen.
Evacuations have been ordered for Wold Tract, Mountain Home, and other Wyo-Colo communities. A pre-evacuation notice is in place for Foxpark, Foxborough, and Miller Lake communities. Multiple Forest Roads are closed in the area: 501 & all spurs, 530, 544 and all spurs, 512 WA. Additional closures include Mountain Home OHV trail system, Miller Lake dispersed camping area.
About 30 firefighters have been assigned to the incident with two 20-person hand crews due to arrive today. A size-up flight scheduled for this morning should also reveal more accurately the size of the fire.
While a cold front moved in yesterday, cooling temperatures, high winds associated with it has fanned flames with 20-25 mph gusts from the west.
The Forest Service and Albany County VFD were first on the scene to provide initial attack. Incident Commander is currently Brandon Bonenberger of the Medicine Bow NF.
Evacuees should contact Albany County Emergency Management if assistance is needed 307-721-1815. Stabling for evacuated horses is being offered by Albany County Fairgrounds or Glen with Stonehouse Stables, 307-742-7512.