Southern Wyoming wildfire likely human-caused

A photo by the U.S. Forest Service, from June 14th, shows smoke billowing from the Badger Creek Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest. The fire was90% contained as of July 11th. (Courtesy U.S. Forest Service)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — A U.S. Forest Service spokesman says a wildfire in southern Wyoming that has blackened more than 33 square miles was likely human-caused, but investigators are still trying to determine an exact cause.

The Associated press reports that the length of the investigation depends on the fire, and the Forest Service is getting help with other agencies, according to spokesman Aaron Voos.

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The Badger Creek Fire was reported June 10 and has burned in mostly beetle-killed forest. It’s 90 percent contained and is expected to be fully contained by Sunday.

Special teams cut down hazardous trees over the weekend, allowing firefighters to safely work in uncontained areas. Some areas flared up, but containment lines were not threatened.