CASPER, Wyo — Damage to 5 structures in the community of Albany was reported by Southern Area Blue Team Information Officer Chris Joiner Saturday night during a live update on the Mullen Fire.
Burning 38 miles west of Laramie and in Colorado, the fire has burned 174,911 acres and is 21% contained Saturday, according the incident command page.
Joiner read a statement from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office stating that 3 residences and 2 outbuildings had been damaged on Tuesday, October 6, as the fire advanced north of Highway 11.
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All property owners have been contacted, incident command said.
Crews had been working structure protection and improving control lines along Forest Road 542 for the better park of 2 weeks, but the fire had persistently put out spots that crossed the road and advanced its spread north along the edge of the Snowy Range.
29 dwellings and 31 outbuildings were declared lost in the lower Keystone, Lake Creek and Foxborough communities by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Sept. 29,.
“We’re moving at the speed of safety,” Joiner said of continued evacuation status in other communities along the Highway 230 corridor including Miller Lake and Fox Park.
Structure protection is also increasing north of the fire’s northern branch along the Highway 130 corridor, including Ryan Park and Centennial. Crews have had to abandon direct efforts in the steep terrain littered with deadfall and combustible, dense stands of beetle-killed lodgepole pine.
1,254 personnel are on the scene across the fire area 24-hours a day in 3 shifts.
Operations Section Chief John Wallace said Friday morning that the fire was creeping north into the French Creek drainage line, where resources would have a better opportunity to contain it.