CASPER, Wyo. — The Mullen Fire had burned an estimated 176,878 acres and was 95% contained as of Thursday, Oct. 29, according to an update posted to InciWeb.
“Although last week’s snowfall has helped minimize fire activity, smokes and occasional flare-ups can be expected for the foreseeable future,” the update adds.
Command of the fire was set to be transferred to a Type 4 Incident Management Team at 6 am Friday, headed by Incident Commander Nick Collard.
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Collard “works in fire management on the North Zone of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, as does the Operations Section Chief Brandon Selk,” the update adds. “Members of the Type 4 team worked with the outgoing Type 3 team to ensure a smooth transition. Although fire growth is not expected, the team has local MBR fire engines available to suppress any hot spots that could pose a threat to surrounding areas.”
“As weather conditions allow, the team’s primary operational objective is to coordinate suppression repair and Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) planning. This is being accomplished by Resource Advisors who are knowledgeable of the various types of forest natural resources. This work will mitigate and minimize damage caused by suppression activities.”
The U.S. Forest Service updated the closure area for the fire on Wednesday:
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department note that the updated closure area gives hunters “some additional opportunities as more areas are now open for recreational use.”
The InciWeb update notes that both southeast Wyoming and northwest Colorado can have extended periods of dry weather in the fall.
“The area has been locked in a stubborn drought since springtime and currently is experiencing a warming and drying trend,” the update states. “Despite the recent snowfall, even fire managers who have worked in the Snowy Range for several years are unsure when to expect the end of the 2020 fire season.”