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Structures lost in fast moving wildfire on Wyoming border

Fire from the Badger Creek Fire can be seen from Hahn's Peak.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Structures have been destroyed in the fast-moving wildfire burning just north of the Wyoming border.

The U.S. Forest Service has not disclosed how many structures were lost or if any homes were destroyed in the Badger Creek Fire in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

“We can’t say anything because the sheriff is still making notifications,” Forest Service spokesman Aaron Voos said. “There are a variety of communities that have been evacuated that the fire has not reached yet.”

Smoke from the fire has been visible from northern parts of Routt County.

The latest information late Wednesday afternoon was that as of Tuesday night, the fire had burned 5,241 acres.

The fire continued to grow on Wednesday.

“It’s moving again,” Voos said. “Winds aren’t quite as high, but it is getting up and burning — high temperatures, low humidity.”

The fire is not contained at all, and the possibility remains that the fire will cross into Colorado into Larimer County.

Firefighters were focusing their efforts on protecting structures.

There are about 200 people working at the fire.

It started Sunday, and officials are still investigating the cause and seeking tips from the public.

All of the existing evacuations remained in place, and there are two road closures. Wyoming Highway 230 is closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line. Wyoming Highway 10 is closed from Woods Landing to the Colorado state line.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.


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