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Mullen fire doubles in size in 24 hours, nears Cheyenne water supply

Fire officials are reporting that the fire has grown to nearly 14,000 acres as of Monday.
Fire officials are reporting that the fire has grown to nearly 14,000 acres as of Monday.(NIFC)
Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 12:19 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — UPDATE, CHEYENNE, Wy (Wyoming News Now) - Fire officials are reporting that the fire has grown to nearly 14,000 acres as of Monday.

The following report is from the Associated Press.

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A rapidly growing wildfire in southeastern Wyoming is closing in on a reservoir that’s a major source of water for Cheyenne.

Firefighters have ordered campers, hunters and everybody else to leave an over 300-square-mile area of Medicine Bow National Forest between Centennial and Ryan Park. On Sunday they estimated the fire had burned over 21 square miles.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the fire is spreading toward Rob Roy Reservoir, which is part of a system of reservoirs and pipelines that supplies water to Wyoming’s capital city. Water managers say the water system remains safe and able to filter out ash and other contaminants.

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