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Wyoming Badger Creek Fire Update: Map, Blaze Doubles in Size

The Badger Creek fire that’s been burning since the weekend in Albany County, Wyoming, more than doubled in size over the past two days. The fire grew significantly in size on Wednesday, said an alert on InciWeb. By Thursday morning the fire had spread across more than 11,000 acres of land.

The fire was active near the border between Wyoming and Colorado and strong winds blew the flames into the vegetation in the area causing it to spread. Those winds and the strong smoke that the fire was producing made it too dangerous for firefighters or planes to work to suppress the flames.

A map updated Thursday showed where the fire was burning the hottest and where there was isolated fired or intense fire.

latest badger creek fire The latest map of the Badger Creek Fire in Wyoming as of Thursday afternoon. Badger Creek Fire Facebook

More than 250 people are working to contain the fire, and officials estimate that they will reach containment by June 30. As of Wednesday, Highway 230 was closed from Woods Landing to the state border with Colorado. Highway 10 was also closed.

A number of evacuations were still in place regarding the fire, including orders for Mountain Home, Wyocolo, Beehive, Miller Lake and the areas around the closed highways.

Plans were in place Thursday to continue fighting the fire. “Crews will continue to build fireline on the north side of the fire; at times using fire to bring the fire’s edge to control features," said the update on InciWeb. "To the south, firefighters will construct both hand and dozer line to limit fire spread. On the east side of the fire, crews plan to assess and mitigate risk to structures along the Hwy 10 corridor. Aviation resources will continue to assist firefighters by slowing the fire’s spread and extinguish hot spots.”

A Facebook page was made to keep the public updated with information. The posts included releases from the incident management team as well as maps of the perimeter of the fire as it progressed.

There was a red flag warning in effect for Thursday. That means that "critical fire weather conditions" were either happening or about to happen. The wood in the area was burning especially well because the wood was already dead after a beetle infestation.

Residents and those traveling in the area should pay close attention to messages from local authorities and stay away from the areas where evacuations were in effect. The smoke from the fires was creating a large plume and haze in the area.