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Badger Fire reaches 28,000 acres, people told to prepare for evacuations
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Badger Fire reaches 28,000 acres, people told to prepare for evacuations

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OAKLEY — The Badger Fire grew to 28,000 acres overnight and officials have told people in the Rock Creek area to prepare to evacuate.

The fire grew to the east Tuesday and is expected to continue its growth through Wednesday as dry conditions, high temperatures and high winds have prompted a fire weather watch.

Air and ground crews are focusing on improving and securing a safe anchor point and protecting structures, a statement from the Sawtooth National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management said. 

The fire has reached Monument Peak, prompting fire officials to order a Type 2 Incident Management Team to assist with the firefighting efforts.

A closure is in effect for the Cassia Division of the Sawtooth National Forest.

Residents in the Rock Creek area, east of Magic Mountain, will be allowed in to access their cabins and retrieve personal items, but people should be prepared to evacuate.

Nearly 150 people are fighting the fire with six engines, two tactical water tenders, five helicopters and two dozers.

The fire is about 20 miles southwest of Oakley and began Saturday evening. The cause remains under investigation.

People with homes in or near the closure area should use the "6 P’s of Evacuations" to prepare, officials said:

  1. Plan- Make a plan
  2. Prescriptions- Gather necessary prescriptions
  3. Pets- Gather pets, pet food, and pet supplies
  4. Papers- Collect important papers: insurant cards, medical, taxes
  5. Pictures- Gather important pictures
  6. Plastics- Credit cards

Visit readyforwildfire.org/prepare-for-wildfire/ready-set-go/ for more information on preparing for wildfire evacuations.

Editor's note: This story was updated after the BLM and Forest Service corrected their statement to say that evacuations have not been ordered but that people should prepare to evacuate.

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