LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — More firefighters are headed to Wyoming to help fight a wildfire that has exploded in size and prompted more evacuations of area residents.

The Badger Creek Fire burning in the Snowy Range near the Colorado border grew rapidly on Monday because of strong winds and dry weather conditions.

badger creek fire copy Colorado Wyoming Wildfire Grows Rapidly, More Firefighters On Way

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The fire has burned about 3.6 square miles of mostly beetle-killed forest. Several small communities of permanent and seasonal residences have been ordered evacuated. They include about 100 people in the Woods Landing and Jelm areas.

But so far, no structures have been lost.

The fire crossed Wyoming 230 on Monday, forcing officials to close the highway between Woods Landing and the Colorado state line.

The fire was first reported Sunday. The cause is under investigation.

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