Old Roach reopened after Badger Creek fire evacuation orders lifted

Ravyn Cullor

The Old Roach area in Larimer County, which was closed for the Badger Creek fire, was reopened at 12:01 a.m. on June 21, according to a tweet by Canyon Lakes Ranger RD, the public affairs staff of the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.

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A press release from Canyon Lakes Ranger RD states that the public should be aware there will still be smoke and fire visible in the area. An emergency closure still remains in place on the Medicine Bow National Forest in the immediate area of the Badger Creek fire. 

Old Roach, which covers parts of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grasslands, was closed to promote safety for the public and emergency personnel during the fight against the Badger Creek fire just north of the Colorado-Wyoming border.

According to the tweet, further information on fire closures can be found on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland twitter page.

As of June 22, the Badger Creek fire was 94 percent contained, according to InciWeb. However, Canyon Lakes Ranger RD reports the fire is still under investigation and that preliminary reports indicate that the fire was human-caused. 

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