Albany County Sheriff's Office: 29 homes, 31 outbuildings have been lost due to Mullen Fire - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Albany County Sheriff’s Office: 29 homes, 31 outbuildings have been lost due to Mullen Fire

Smoke from the Mullen Fire is seen on Hwy 230 looking north to Laramie on Sept, 25. (USFS)

CASPER, Wyo –29 dwellings and 31 outbuildings have been lost in the lower Keystone, Lake Creek, and Foxborough communities due to the Mullen Fire burning in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, according to Albany County authorities at a virtual community update Tuesday, Sept. 29.

Albany County Undersheriff Josh Debree said 38 property owners had been contacted about the losses.

“On behalf of everyone working on this fire, our hearts go out to everyone who lost homes or property. As this fire progresses, if there’s further damage to private property, additional assessments will be made and additional notifications will be made by the sheriff’s office.”

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He added that it was still unsafe for anyone to go into any of the evacuated areas to assess damage to properties.

“We understood and expected some loss in those areas,” said Deputy Incident Commander Bill Waln. “We always hope for the best but we felt we were going to lose some homes and we did try everything we could to protect every single structure we could, and the fire just wouldn’t allow that.”

U.S. Forest Service Supervisor Russ Bacon said that without the efforts of Rocky Mountain Area Blue Team’s effort over the last week, more property likely would have been lost.

“We’re thinking of everyone that’s been impacted by this fire,” Bacon said.

Operations Section Chief Chris Zoller said “all options” are being used to protect assets in Fox Park and Miller Lake areas, including sprinkler systems, aerial water and retardant drops, and hand line installation.

The fire has burned 83,254 acres, according to latest update Tuesday.

The Mullen Fire was first spotted Thursday, September 17, and the cause is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the U.S. Forest Service, and may choose to remain anonymous.

887 personnel are on the scene.  Natrona County Fire District’s Fire Captain Darek Pepple, and firefighters Derek Higgins and Chris Weaver are with Division Tango working to check the fire perimeter’s spread to the south.