The size of the Mullen Fire Thursday morning was pegged at 117,240 acres, based on an infrared measurement just after midnight. Last night, when winds were favorable to do so, firefighters conducted burnout operations to limit the fire’s spread by removing fuels along roads, fire lines and natural features. The fire is burning in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest some 36 miles south and southeast of Laramie.
According to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, the fire has consumed 29 homes and 31 outbuildings since it began on September 17th of unknown origin.
West of Albany, a burnout south of the 500, 513 and 542 Roads began a control line to improve the defense of Albany, Keystone and areas east of Rob Roy Reservoir.
Southeast of the fire, firefighters worked to interrupt the fire’s progression to the southeast, by burning out fuels on the west side of Wyoming Hwy 230/Colorado Hwy 127, on the Wyoming-Colorado border just southwest of Mountain Home and Wyocolo.
Throughout the night, firefighters worked to prepare structures for possible impacts from fire, and defend homes in and near the fire footprint. More firefighters continue to arrive to reinforce more than 900 personnel who are already assigned to the fire.
A total of 934 personnel are working on both sides of the Wyoming-Colorado state line, and more are arriving daily. They are diligently protecting structures in and near the fire footprint, and working ahead of the fire to prepare structures for possible fire impact.
On Wednesday, the fire moved faster than the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest mapmakers could keep up. After the infrared measurement was processed, the USFS interactive Story Map (https://arcg.is/1mnyXL
Fire elements of the Mullen fire included extreme, crowning, short crown runs, and group torching.
Evacuation Areas were expanded on Wednesday and now include:
Larimer County CO – Areas of Roach and Hohnholz along CR 103
Jackson County CO- All residence north of the 3-way of Hwy 127 and Hwy 125.
Albany County WY Emergency Management Agency and Albany County WY Sheriff’s Office announced the following mandatory evacuations:
East of HWY 11 along Sheep Mountain, from Fox Creek Road, North to Hecht Creek.
Fox Creek Road including areas west of Hwy 11 south of the Middle Fork Canyon.
· Rob Roy and adjacent areas
· Fox Park
· Lake Creek
· Woods Landing
· Mountain Home
· Graham and adjacent areas.
EVERYTHING along HWY 10 (Woods Landing and Jelm) to the Colorado State Line.
· Keystone proper
· Lower Keystone
· Moor’s Gulch
· 507C Cabin grouping
Yankee Road towards Woods Landing including properties on Fox Cabin Trail.
Areas near Sheep Mountain to Lake Hattie Reservoir and North of HWY-230.
Meadow Plains Road south to Yankee Road
If you need Emergency assistance:
Assistance with Evacuations:
Albany County Emergency Management Agency: (307)-721-1815
Carbon County Dispatch: (307) 324-2776 (Option 0)
If you need assistance with housing:
Red Cross: (970)-440 -7499
If you need assistance with boarding your animal or livestock:
Albany County Fairgrounds: (307)-742-3224
Property Questions related to structures on an effected property:
Albany County Assessor’s Office (307)-721-2511
Carbon County Dispatch: (307)324-2776 (Option 0)
Wyoming Game & Fish: (307) 745-4046