Firefighters gain upper hand on Mullen Fire

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Firefighters have turned the corner on the Mullen Fire, establishing 69% containment on the 176,854-acre blaze.

With better weather cooperation and dogged groundwork clearing fuels from the fire’s path and establishing stronger containment lines, some personnel are slowly being released from the assignment. Some 808 are attached to the fire that once had well over a thousand fighting it.

IC Mark Morales will today marshal his resources on patrol, monitor, and mop-up as is safe. The protection of the Centennial community is still a top priority. Incident-wide point protection for all structures and other values at risk will also continue. The Type 1 team will also begin coordinate with law enforcement agencies and utility groups in the assessment of lifting evacuations and re-entry into evacuated zones.

Conditions remain breezy but overnight lows have helped settle the fire down.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Anyone with useful information is asked to call Laramie Ranger District anonymous tip line at (307) 745-2392.

A welcome sight. Weather has finally cooperated some with the firefighting efforts on the Mullen Fire. Photo: Greg Sanders

Further details

Containment lines increased around most of the eastern edge of the fire. The western and southern edges remain contained.

Suppression efforts continue in Foxborough, Fox Park, and Porter Creek in anticipation of reentry into these areas.

Chipping and brushing operations continue to occur in the northwest area of the fire as weather permits.

Landowners with private lands affected or damaged by fire suppression activities are invited to submit questions or concerns about repair efforts. Please include your name, address, phone number, inquiry, question, or concern. Email subject line: Private Land Suppression Repair.

Those requesting a permit to remove property on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests can do so through email. Please include your name, contact information, description, and location of the property. Email subject line: Personal Property Recovery Permits.

Hazards abound in the burned areas. Residents should remain alert and take precautions around fire-weakened trees, smoldering or burning fuels, firefighting trucks, and heavy equipment.

A National Forest area closure remains in place for much of the southern Snowy Range and is being evaluated daily.

Mullen map October 19, 2020.

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