Firefighters on the Mullen Fire brace for wicked week of weather

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Mother Nature will not be kind to firefighters on the Mullen Fire as Fire Prevention Week kicks off with a Red Flag warning weather day.

The Mullen Fire has grown to 151,711 acres. Some 1,104 personnel are assigned to the fire. It is estimated to be at 14% containment.

Several firefighter injuries have been attributed to the blaze but none considered serious.

A weak front will blow through the area today bringing no precipitation but plenty of wind. The rest of the week looks warm and dry with gusty winds possible Tuesday and Thursday.

Firefighters on the Mullen Fire are trying to establish a containment line at Highways 125/127 in Colorado at the southeastern perimeter.
On the Cameron Peak Fire, there is containment in the Glendevey area that could be crucial should Mullen make a run toward the southeast this week. Photo: Zach Alexander

Watchful weekend

Sunday was a little quieter on the Mullen Fire as ground crews were able to gain some headway in structure protection and the creation of fire breaks.

Though small in scale, burn operations were conducted to remove unburned fuel between containment features and the fire’s edge. Successful burnouts were also performed to protect structures in the far south portion of the fire.

The burnout line established earlier along Colorado Hwy 125 has been holding and crews were able to go direct on the fire’s edge along the southwest flank. Crews were able to use a number of small burn operations to widen control lines here.

Indirect line construction continues to the north of the Rob Roy Reservoir around Rambler to tie off the northeast part of the fire, and structure protection is being conducted in all areas of the fire.

This week

Direct and indirect line construction, structure triage, structure prep, and point protection at Rambler subdivision, Keystone, Centennial, Foxborough, Fox Park, Wycolo, Mountain Home, Wold, Beehive, Woods Landing and Bugling Elk. Protection of the Rob Roy reservoir remains a high priority as it is the main water source for the city of Cheyenne.

Other values include Wyoming Infrared Observatory. Defensive firing around structures along the Colorado Hwy 125/127 corridor.

A weak front will blow through the area today bringing no precipitation but plenty of wind. The rest of the week looks warm and dry with gusty winds possible Tuesday and Thursday. Photo: Zach Alexander

Long-range

Some continue to voice concerns as the Mullen Fire moves closer and closer to the Cameron Peak Fire. At 126,164 acres, the Cameron Peak Fire has made its way from the southern-most portion of the Rawah Wilderness through the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest east toward Ft. Collins.

The Mullen Fire has been stalled somewhat on the eastern boundary near Centennial but the majority of the growth has been southeast into Colorado.

If containment at Colorado’s highways 125/127 is not held, the inferno could make its way into the northern portion of Colorado’s Rawah Wilderness and on into section of the Arapaho-Roosevelt NF that has not yet burned in the Cameron Peak Fire.

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