THE BADGER CREEK FIRE MADE A LARGE, WIND-DRIVEN RUN MONDAY IN SOUTHERN ALBANY COUNTY ON THE MEDICINE BOW NATIONAL FOREST, GROWING 15 TIMES WHAT IT WAS FROM 150 ACRES EARLIER IN THE DAY.

THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE SAYS THE FIRE BURNED FROM ITS ORIGIN TO MORE THAN SIX MILES TO THE NORTH AND EAST AND PROMPTED COUNTY OFFICIALS TO ISSUE ADDITIONAL EVACUATION NOTICES.

HOT, DRY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS PERSISTED THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON.

BY MID-AFTERNOON, IT HAD CROSSED WYOMING HIGHWAY 230 BETWEEN WOLD TRACT AND MOUNTAIN HOME, AND THE HIGHWAY WAS CLOSED FROM WOODS LANDING TO THE COLORADO STATE LINE.

THE FIRE IS NOW ESTIMATED TO BE 2,300 ACRES OR ABOUT 3.6 SQUARE MILES.

AS OF LATE MONDAY, THERE IS NO CONFIRMATION OF STRUCTURES BURNED OR DESTROYED.

AIR RESOURCES ARRIVED TO HELP THE GROUND-BASED FIRE PERSONNEL, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONNEL TO 70.

DUE TO THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE FIRE AND THE EMERGENCY SITUATION, EFFORTS CONTINUE TO BE FOCUSED ON PUBLIC SAFETY, FIRE ASSESSMENT, EVACUATION OF NUMEROUS COMMUNITIES, AND ASKING CAMPERS TO MOVE AWAY FROM THE AREA.

THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IS UNKNOWN AND IS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

TUESDAY’S WEATHER FORECAST IS FOR CONTINUED HOT, DRY, WINDY CONDITIONS.
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A WYOMING MAN PLEADED GUILTY TO AMENDED CHARGES AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF FATALLY STABBING A MAN, AS WELL AS HAVING SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A 13-YEAR-OLD GIRL IN A SEPARATE CASE.

21-YEAR-OLD VINCENT RAMIREZ PLEADED GUILTY FRIDAY TO ONE COUNT OF MANSLAUGHTER, ONE COUNT OF INTERFERENCE WITH A PEACE OFFICER AND ONE COUNT OF SEXUAL BATTERY IN CONNECTION WITH TWO SEPARATE CASES.

COURT DOCUMENTS SAY RAMIREZ FATALLY STABBED 18-YEAR-OLD IAN DANGLER LAST YEAR DURING A FIGHT.

COURT DOCUMENTS FROM THE SEX ABUSE CASE ALLEGE THAT RAMIREZ EXCHANGED SEXUAL MESSAGES OVER FACEBOOK WITH THE GIRL IN MAY 2017.

THE GIRL'S MOTHER DISCOVERED THE MESSAGES AND BROUGHT THEM TO POLICE.

RAMIREZ NOW WILL UNDERGO A PRESENTENCE INVESTIGATION TO DETERMINE THE SEVERITY OF HIS SENTENCE.

REPORTING FROM CASPER, I'M NICK LEARNED.
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CHEYENNE, WYO. (AP) - CANDIDATES FOR WYOMING GOVERNOR DISAGREE WHETHER WYOMING IS DOING ENOUGH TO ENCOURAGE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY...

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THE CITY OF SPEARFISH IS LEASING SPACE AT ITS AIRPORT FOR BLACK HILLS LIFE FLIGHT.

THE SPEARFISH CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY APPROVED A LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY AND AIR METHODS CORPORATION. THE AGREEMENT SAYS AIR METHODS WOULD LOCATE A DOUBLEWIDE TRAILER OR MODULAR BUILDING TO THE AIRPORT, WHICH WOULD BE USED BY THE LIFE FLIGHT CREW. IT ALSO SAYS THAT THE USE AND OCCUPANCY OF THE PROPERTY WOULD COMPLY WITH THE AIRPORT RULES, REGULATIONS, AND MINIMUM STANDARDS.

THE BLACK HILLS PIONEER REPORTS THAT THE BASE, WHICH PREVIOUSLY OPERATED FROM RAPID CITY, WILL PROVIDE EMERGENCY AIR MEDICAL SERVICES 24 HOURS A DAY TO SPEARFISH. THE BASE WILL ALSO PROVIDE MEDICAL SERVICES TO NORTHERN BLACK HILLS, EASTERN WYOMING AND MONTANA, AND TO THE SOUTHERN PART OF NORTH DAKOTA.

THE AGREEMENT WILL BE IN EFFECT UNTIL MAY 10, 2023.

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GREEN RIVER, WYO. (AP) - A 56-YEAR-OLD MEMBER OF THE GREEN RIVER CITY COUNCIL IN SOUTHWEST WYOMING HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO SECOND-DEGREE SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR.

ALLAN D. WILSON ENTERED THE PLEA LAST WEEK BEFORE SWEETWATER COUNTY DISTRICT JUDGE NENA JAMES.

WILSON REMAINS FREE ON $75,000 BAIL.

AUTHORITIES ACCUSE WILSON OF REPEATEDLY SEXUALLY ABUSING A MINOR BELOW THE AGE OF 13 DURING THE SPRING OF 2013.

ACCORDING TO THE REDACTED COURT AFFIDAVIT, THE BOY SAID WILSON INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHED HIM IN 2011 WHILE STAYING IN A CAMPER AT A CABIN PROPERTY AND AGAIN IN 2013 WHILE DRIVING THROUGH GREEN RIVER.

WILSON RETIRED IN 2014 AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE GREEN RIVER PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT AND WAS ELECTED TO THE GREEN RIVER CITY COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER 2014.