CASPER, Wyo. — The Mullen Fire burning in southeast Wyoming has burned an estimated 103,542 acres and is expected to cross into Colorado on Wednesday, Rocky Mountain Blue Team Planning Ops Trainee Deon Steinle said in a 5 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30 update.
The fire was reportedly within one mile of the Colorado border on its southwest perimeter, where Steinle said the fire has seen significant growth.
He added that evacuation orders have been implemented in northern Colorado along the Highway 127 and 125 corridors. Evacuations have been ordered in both states and details are available on InciWeb.
Resources were moved to the Ginger Quill Ranch area near the southwest perimeter where crews were working to establish structure production. Steinle added that dozer line had been established on the northern perimeter near Albany, adding structure protection for the area.
Incident Commander Michael Haydon said that while about 1,000 personnel were working the fire, he said more resources and personnel were desired.
“We’re working hard to corral the fire,” he said. Haydon noted that beetle kill in the area was a factor in the active, rapid spread of the fire.
Haydon said that the Rocky Mountain Area Blue Team, which is a Type II team, would be replaced by a Type 1 team if a Type 1 team becomes available since the Mullen Fire is considered a high priority incident.
The updates were provided in a daily video update streamed on the Mullen Fire Information Facebook page:
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.