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PHOTOS: Area closure expands as 117K acre Mullen Fire burns closer to 125K Cameron Peak Fire

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CASPER, Wyo. — The roughly 117K acre Mullen Fire has crossed from Wyoming into northern Colorado closer to where the 125K acre Cameron Peak Fire has been burning since Aug. 13.

Due to activity on both fires, the United States Forest Service expanded an area closure on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of the Roosevelt National Forest further north on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The updated area closure can be seen in the following map:

“The general area now closed is all National Forest System lands west of the National Forest boundary (except the lower Poudre Canyon); east of the Colorado State Forest State Park; south of the Colorado state line; and north of Rocky Mountain Park,” the U.S. Forest Service said. “Details of the updated closure and a map are available on our website.”

“This closure impacts numerous recreation sites, including many trails, trailheads, and Forest Service Roads; a number of boating and fishing sites; and some picnic sites. These are listed on our website. All campgrounds both inside and outside the closure area remain closed. This closure also impacts numerous dispersed areas, often used for hunting this time of year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife have information for impacted hunters available on their website.”

The Mullen Fire to the northwest and the Cameron Peak Fire shown on the southeast of this map. (Screenshot from InciWeb)

The closure is in effect to ensure public safety and to support the efforts of firefighters.

“These areas are very popular with recreationists but also, in many cases, remote,” the U.S. Forest Service said. “Roads and trails are greatly interconnected. If evacuations are necessary, it can be difficult to reach people and can take emergency responders a great deal of time to make sure everyone is out safely.”

“If you need ideas on other locations to recreate, please check our website or check with one of your other local land management agencies for opportunities. It is also important to know that the entire Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland remains under Stage 2 Fire Restrictions.”

The release notes that a portion of CO Highway 14 remains close.

“Check the latest with the Colorado Department of Transportation,” the release staties. “There are also some closures adjacent to our closure within the State Forest State Park. Rocky Mountain National Park has implemented temporary closures in the more remote northern area of the park due to the Cameron Peak Fire. The closure impacts numerous trails and wilderness campsites. Check their website at www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm for details.”

Details of both fires can be found on Inciweb.

“If you are looking for information on the Cameron Peak Fire, please check InciWeb,” the Forest Service says. “Information on the Mullen Fire can be found on InciWeb as well. Larimer County Sheriff’s Office is your source for evacuation information.”

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