Badger Creek Fire grows to more than 5,000 acres Tuesday

CHEYENNE, Wy.(KGWN)- Dry and windy conditions fueled the Badger Creek Fire on Tuesday June 12.

The National Forest Service says as of 9 pm on Tuesday the wildfire on the Wyoming-Colorado border has burned 5,244 acres. Growth this afternoon was primarily to the east.

The amount of fire personnel on scene has also doubled to 200 and additional resources continue to arrive. Currently there are four Hot Shot crews and two Type 2 crews. Air resources included two Type 1 helicopters to assist with retardant and water drops, one Type 3 helicopter for reconnaissance, and one air attack plane. There have been no firefighter injuries reported to date.

The forecast calls for continued hot, dry, and windy conditions and will affect fire behavior again on Wednesday.

Albany County Officials have issued evacuation orders for the communities of Mountain Home, Wyocolo, Wold Tract, Foxpark, 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. Currently, there are 510 properties included in the evacuation area, with 393 homes. Pre-evacuation orders are in place for the community of Foxborough.

Because of the fire Wyoming Highway 230 is closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line. Highway 10 is also closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation.

The Incident Command Post has been established at the Harmony School, west of Laramie, on Highway 230. A community meeting is in the planning stages for Wednesday June 13th, and will be announced via Inciweb and Twitter.

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