Old Roach closed for Badger Creek fire

Ravyn Cullor

The United States Forest Service announced that an area in Larimer County would be closed in support of efforts to put out the Badger Creek wildfire on the Wyoming-Colorado border on June 15.

The area, known as “Old Roach,” includes portions of Roosevelt and Arapaho National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands, according to a press release from the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.


Signs have been posted indicating the areas are closed to all public access to ensure the protection of the public and fire personnel during operations for the Badger Creek Fire, according to the closure map released by the Forest Service.

All land, trails and roads in the area are included in the closure, including NSF 200, which outlines the Old Roach area.

As of Saturday night, the Badger Creek fire covered 19,243 acres in the Medicine Bow National Forest just north of the Wyoming-Colorado border with 28 percent containment, according to InciWeb, an interagency all-risk incident information system provided by the US Forest Service.

The closure order and map say those caught in the Old Roach area who are neither government officials or are in possession of a Forest Service access permit face a $5,000 fine as an individual or a $10,000 as an organization and/or up to six months in jail.

The closure will end when the order is rescinded or by December 31, 2018.

More information about the fire can be found on its Facebook page, the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland Twitter account or by calling 307-745-2378.

Ravyn Cullor can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @RCullor99.