Badger Creek fire doubled in size in Wyoming's Medicine Bow Range Wednesday

MOUNTAIN HOME, Wyo. (by Release / KNEP) – The weather was no friend of firefighters battling the Badger Creek Fire in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow mountains Wednesday.

According to an incident brief Thursday morning by Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Black, the wildfire had more than doubled in size. Incident Commander Shane Greer says the fire had grown to just over 11,000 acres, with no containment.

Greer says fire crews have been successful in building lines around portions of the west, south and north sides of the fire in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, with crews continuing to build more line during the course of the day Thursday.

No reports of injuries have been received, and only three structures had been damaged as firefighters worked to protect buildings. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Albany County Officials have issued evacuation orders for the communities of Foxpark, Mountain Home, Wold Tract, Wyocolo, Gramm, Beehive, Miller Lake, and the areas along Highway 10 from Woods Landing south to the Colorado state line. This includes Woods Landing, New Jelm, and Jelm. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for the community of Foxborough.

Several road closures remain in place; WYO 230 remains closed between Woods Landing and the Colorado state line. WYO 10 is also now closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line. In Colorado, Colorado Highway 127 is closed from the Colorado 125 junction to the Wyoming state line (except for local traffic).

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