Badger Creek Fire makes a run as dry, windy weather continues
The Badger Creek Fire flared up Thursday afternoon, forcing the temporary closure of Wyoming 230 from the Wyoming state line to Woods Landing. Sections of the 23,000-acre burn zone reignited just as local forest crews were scheduled to assuming command of the ongoing suppression efforts with a smaller Type 4 operation. Flames were reported Thursday morning in lodgepole stands that the fire had skipped in its initial rush through the forest earlier this month.
By afternoon, flames pushed past containment lines on the northeast corner. New acres were burned, but officials say they don’t have an exact count yet. Yesterday’s outbreak comes after several days of persistently hot, dry and gusty conditions.
The Badger Creek Fire was first reported on Sunday afternoon, June 10th. The investigation into its cause is still underway, although investigators say they believe it was human-caused. Officials say while Wyoming’s 230 is open this morning, it is scheduled to close again at 10 a.m. this morning. Meanwhile, the National Weather Service has extended its Red Flag warnings for the Snowy, Sierra Madre and Laramie Ranges through this evening.
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