Wyoming wildfire grows rapidly, more firefighters on way

June 12, 2018
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Smoke from the Badger Creek Fire drifts through the air, Monday, June 11, 2018, as seen from Highway 10, near Woods Landing, Wyo. (Shannon Broderick/Laramie Boomerang via AP)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — More firefighters are headed to Wyoming to help fight a wildfire that has exploded in size and prompted more evacuations of area residents.

The fire burning in the Snowy Range near the Colorado border grew rapidly on Monday because of strong winds and dry weather conditions.

The fire has burned about 3.6 square miles (9.3 square kilometers) of mostly beetle-killed forest. Several small communities of permanent and seasonal residences have been ordered evacuated. They include about 100 people in the Woods Landing and Jelm areas.

But so far, no structures have been lost.

The fire crossed Wyoming 230 on Monday, forcing officials to close the highway between Woods Landing and the Colorado state line.

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

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