Medicine Bow National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2468 Jackson Street
Laramie, WY 82070
Virtual Community Q&A TODAY at 5 p.m.
The meeting will be livestreamed on the Mullen Fire Information page (https://www.facebook.com/MullenFire)
Summary: Crews worked yesterday on structure protection in multiple communities, which included both developed areas close to the fire’s perimeter and those a few miles further to the south and west. Air operations played a big role in tactics after two days of waiting for reduced wind speeds to return to the skies. Today, they use retardant to strategically pre-treat areas adjacent to values at risk.
Firefighters prioritized assessing properties for any damaged or destroyed buildings. They shared their findings with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office who took the lead on directly contacting affected homeowners.
Additional crews have been reassigned to the Mullen Fire after being released from fires in the Pacific Northwest. This allows previously unstaffed areas of the fire to be more closely monitored or to be scouted for possible construction of indirect fire line.
Crews will also be conducting fire severity assessments. Often fires will burn in a mosaic pattern, leaving pockets of both burned and unburned fuels. However, when a fire with high intensity quickly moves through an area, it may leave larger swaths of blackened soil and vegetation. This factors into any whether any stabilization or rehabilitation may be needed at a later date.
No containment will be declared until heat near the perimeter has been deemed unlikely to grow beyond any established fire line. This involves monitoring the fire line and adjacent areas for several days for smoldering stumps or trees, ash pits, or any other heat sources.
Fire Conditions and Weather: Warmer temperatures are expected to return to the area along with a dry air mass. The combination of low humidity and gusting winds will result in near-critical fire weather conditions. Increased fire activity is likely the next several days; extreme fire behavior is possible.
Mandatory Evacuations: Multiple evacuations and pre-evacuations are in place. See the Albany County Sheriff Office’s Facebook Page or Albany County website for the latest list: https://www.facebook.com/Albany-County-Sheriffs-Office-618424944997540 or https://www.co.albany.wy.us/
Road Closures: WY 11 from the junction with County Road 47 (Fox Creek Road.) into Albany. County Road 47 between WYO 11 and WYO 230. WY 230 from the CO border to Meadow Plains Road. WYO 10 from WYO 230 to the CO state line. There is no estimate on when these roads might reopen.
Forest Closure: In effect surrounding the Mullen Fire. For details, see the new Forest Closure Order https://tinyurl.com/yyanh6ey and the new Forest Closure Area Map https://tinyurl.com/y3wh7bv3
Forest and County Stage 2 Fire Restrictions:
Temporary Flight Restriction: In effect for the fire area: https://tinyurl.com/y3foyxwt