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Wyoming wildfire grows rapidly, more firefighters on way

Vehicles from Wyoming State Highway Patrol and the Albany County Sheriff's Office block Highway 230 near Wood's Landing on Monday after the Badger Creek Fire crossed the highway between Wold Tract and Mountain Home.

LARAMIE — The fire burning in the Snowy Range near the Colorado border spread six miles eastward and had engulfed 2,300 acres by Monday night, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Strong winds and dry weather both contributed to blaze’s spread.

About 70 firefighters were fighting the blaze, which has closed highways in southern Wyoming and northern Colorado. Wyoming Highway 230 and Wyoming Highway 10 were both closed between Woods Landing and the state line. South of the border, Colorado Highway 127 was closed between the junction with Colorado Highway 125 and the state line, except for local traffic, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Firefighters worked Tuesday in hot, dry and windy conditions.

The fire has burned mostly beetle-killed forest in the area. Several small communities of permanent and seasonal residences are under evacuation orders. They include about 100 people in the Woods Landing and Jelm areas.

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So far, no structures have been lost.

The fire was first reported Sunday. The cause is under investigation.

Firefighters will continue to focus on public and firefighter safety, evacuations and structure protection.

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