Structures lost as Badger Creek Fire continues to grow

The Badger Creek Fire grew to 7-thousand acres Wednesday and the first report of damage to structures was reported. Albany County Sheriff David O’Malley said last night that one cabin and two outbuildings in the Wold Tract area were destroyed. Authorities are attempting to contact owners of the properties. Christ Barth, public information specialist with the Type 2 team in charge of fire operations, told Bigfoot that structure protection continues to be the primary mission.

Barth said the fire exhibited extreme behavior on its eastern edge Wednesday, hampering efforts to establish a line on that side. Progress was made on the western edge. Over 250 firefighters are on the scene. Two road closures remain in place. Highway 230 is closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line. Highway 10 is closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line. All of the existing evacuations remain in effect. The new command team in control of fire operations say they hope to have the fire contained by the end of the month.

Storage facility proposed in Saratoga neighborhood

In Saratoga, a local contractor wants to build a storage unit facility on the overlook above the saw mill as a way to provide a buffer between the heavy industrial site and nearby homes. Emma Diercks has the details.

 

Outlaw Buddies program nominated for award

Since its launch last November, the Outlaw Buddies program at Rawlins High School has garnered considerable attention. It’s first-ever such program in the state. Now it has been nominated “Most Outstanding Chapter” by Best Buddies International. Cali O’Hare reports.

 

WGFD hosts fishing workshop this Friday

Whether you are new to the area or just want to get into the sport of fishing, an opportunity to learn about the Platte Valley’s waters is available this weekend. Wyoming Game and Fish is hosting a fishing workshop Friday evening in Saratoga. Emma Diercks has the story.

 

Rawlins’ Music in the Park returns next week

Summer begins one week from today, which coincides with the kickoff of the annual concert series in Rawlins, Music in the Park. The Thursday night shows run through August 16th. Cali O’Hare has the details.

 

Sports

Saratoga cowboy, Kasen York, has added a handful of belt buckles to his collection as he dominated the High School State Finals Rodeo. In MLB, the Rockies ripped the Phillies 7 to 2 to snap their five game skid. With the win, the Rockies make up some ground in the NL West. Joey Savarine reports.

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