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Growing Wyoming wildfire leads to evacuations in Colorado, more highway closures

(Photo by Alyssa Wesner, posted to InciWeb)

CASPER, Wyo. — The nearly 100,000 acre Mullen Fire burning in southeast Wyoming has led to evacuations in Colorado and additional road closures in both states as the fire pushes toward the border.

The Jackson County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office issued a mandatory evacuation order at 3:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 30.

“Emergency!!!!” the JCSO said. “Today’s pre evacuation has been updated to evacuation. All residents north of 3 Way please evacuate ASAP.”

The fire has also led to further highway closures. The Wyoming Department of Transportation said that the following highways are closed:

  • WYO 230 from Riverside to the Colorado state line (CO 125) is now CLOSED due to Mullen Fire activity.
  • WYO 230 between the Colorado state line (CO 127) and Woods landing (mm 27)
  • WYO 11 between Albany and where it connects to WYO 130
  • WYO 10 between the CO state line (CO 103) and where it connects to WYO 230 (near Jelm)

The Mullen Fire “became active early” on Wednesday, a 2:30 pm update posted to InciWeb said.

“Most fire activity is now occurring along the area of the Pelton Creek Campground,” the update added. “As expected, the fire is pushing southeast along both sides of the 898 Road, approaching the Wyoming-Colorado state line.”

“Ground firefighters assigned to the communities south of the fire continue to focus on structure protection efforts, supported by a large fleet of aircraft.”

The Mullen Fire and the Cameron Peak Fire burning in northern Colorado are creating increased smoke in the southern Wyoming and northern Colorado area.

A smoke outlook is available online.

Further details of the fire are available from InciWeb.

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.