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38 owners lose property due to 96K+ acre Mullen Fire; evacuation orders modified

Mullen Fire burning Friday, 9/25 (Red Feather Lodge, Facebook)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Albany County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) said on Wednesday, Sept. 30 that damage assessments have been conducted on properties in the lower Keystone, Lake Creek and Foxborough areas impacted by the Mullen Fire.

“The Sheriff’s Office has contacted all 38 property owners who experienced losses on their property,” the ACSO said. “On those properties, 29 were dwellings and 31 were outbuildings which were lost.”

“On behalf of everyone working this fire, our thoughts go out to those who lost homes and property. As the fire progresses, if there is further damage to private property, additional assessments and notifications will be made. We have received a lot of questions of when owners will be allowed to go see their property. Currently, it’s still too dangerous for limited re-entry. When it’s safe to do so we will work on setting up a limited re-entry.”

The ACSO also said on Wednesday that evacuation areas have seen some modifications.

Meadow Plains Road south to Yankee Road has been changed from mandatory evacuation status to pre-evacuation status.

“The following area is still under mandatory evacuation:- Yankee Road towards Woods landing including a few properties on Fox Cabin Trail,” the ACSO said. “All other evacuations and pre-evacuations remain in place. Hwy 230 will remain closed westbound at Fox Creek Road. There will be Deputies in this area to address any questions and contact the few properties on Fox Cabin Trail. Again, we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.”

According to the most recent update by the U.S. Forestr Service on Wednesday morning, the Mullen Fire has increased to 96,757 acres, based on an infrared measurement after midnight.

“As of last night, 887 personnel are now working to defend homes in and near the fire footprint, and more help continues to arrive. Firefighters worked through the night to aggressively defend structures,” according to Rocky Mountain Area Blue Team Incident Command.

Fire officials say that Direct and indirect line construction, structure triage, structure prep, and point protection at Rambler subdivision, Keystone, Centennial, Foxborough, Fox Par, 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, WY.

9/30/2020: Map of the Mullen Fire (USDA, Inciweb)

The U.S. Forestry Division’s Inciweb site now features an interactive tool with progression maps and the ability to locate an address in the area and measure the distance from a property to the fire’s edge.

Aerial surveys that create perimeter maps are typically conducted by night, said the Forest Service.

Updates and further information related to the Mullen Fire is available on InciWeb.

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