In a press conference yesterday, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said that he spent time observing the firefighter’s efforts while battling the Mullen Fire in southeastern Wyoming and northeastern Colorado and is very thankful for their help.
As of yesterday, the Mullen Fire has torched nearly 151,711 acres. This makes the blaze one of the largest fires in Colorado and Wyoming’s history. It is also only 14 percent contained.
“I want to thank the firefighters again that have been working over there,” Gordon said. “I saw that fire first hand, and I saw the amount of work that they were doing to protect buildings and the amount of smoke they had going even when the fire had gone through.”
He continued, saying, “They face extraordinarily challenging conditions. The ground is very rough, and, as a rancher growing up fighting fires, I can attest first hand to the challenges that they are facing there. We have about 29 homes lost and 31 additional structures.”
The fire has been associated with numerous air quality issues in the area.
Gordon said that over 1,100 firefighters are battling the Mullen Fire flames with a Type 1 incident management team. With warm and dry in the forecast for the region in the upcoming week, the fire has the potential to keep spreading.
“Crews will need a significant change in weather to make more progress on this fire,” he noted.
In addition, the Governor said that they are taking into account the pandemic. Officials split crews into multiple smaller camps. The Wyoming Department of Health has also been providing testing for firefighters.
Officials have made no new evacuations over the weekend due to the Mullen Fire. However, Medicine Bow Mountains, near the University of Wyoming, has had nearly 237 square miles charmed.
[H/T Oil City]