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VIDEO: Despite snow, Mullen Fire still active; 60 mph wind gusts possible Monday

1-2 inches of snow fell Sunday, 10/11 on the Mullen Fire in the Snowy Range (Kari Fleegel, National Weather Service Incident Meteorologist, Twitter)

CASPER, Wyo. — About 1-2 inches of snow fell in the area of the Mullen Fire on Sunday, Incident Meteorologist Kari Fleegel said in an update on Monday, Oct. 12.

The fire had burned an estimated 175,564 acres as of noon Sunday and is about 27% contained. 1,214 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to the fire.

While the precipitation helped reduce some fire activity and spread on Sunday, winds remain a concern. A fact sheet provided by Mullen Fire Information on Monday says that there is a high wind warning in the area on Monday.

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25-35 mph winds out of the west are forecast for Monday, with gusts reaching as high as 60 mph. Winds will remain a concern on Tuesday, but especially on Wednesday, according to Fleegel:

While the fire area received about one-tenth to three-tenths of liquid from Sunday’s storm, Fleegal said that “we’re drying out fast.”

Winds were an issue on Sunday, limiting the ability to use aircraft to fight the fire, according to the fact sheet. Winds are expected to again limit aircraft activity on Monday.

The fire has continued to progress on the north edge “slowly due to west winds,” the fact sheet adds. The fire also remains active in the Albany, Keystone, Foxborough and Fox Park areas.

In the Ryan Park area, structure protection supplies have been “pre-positioned” and “the community conducted a cleanup of brush to help firefighters protect structures if needed.

The fact sheet adds that firefighters have continued to monitor hotspots on the fire’s southeast perimeter. Structure protection is in place in the following areas:

  • Keystone
  • Rambler
  • Albany
  • Foxborough
  • Mountain Home
  • Fox Park

The fire is only expected to minimally progress toward Centennial “but fire activity will increase with southwesterly winds, warming temperatures and lower humidity,” the fact sheet states. Structure protection in the area remains a high priority.