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Mullen fire grows to more than 80,000 acres, now 0% contained

Mullen fire grows to 80,000+ acres, is now 0% contained.
Mullen fire grows to 80,000+ acres, is now 0% contained.(Dara Lowry)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 12:41 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Mullen Fire has now grown to more than 80,000 acres. After growth on the fire’s southwestern edge, officials have reduced containment from 2% to 0%.

The fire has continued to grow despite cooler temperatures, but the growth is slower than that of the weekend, when the fire more than doubled in size. Firefighters continue to work on aggressively protecting structures in communities like Foxborough.

The fire started September 17th in the Savage Run Wilderness before expanding to to the North Platte Wilderness. Then, over the weekend of September 26th, powerful winds from the West blew the fire east, with the southern portion of the fire blowing up from the Platte Wilderness as much as 9 miles to Highway 230 across the Medicine Bow National Forest.

So far multiple communities have been evacuated, including Keystone, Rambler, Rob Roy, Foxborough and Wood’s Landing. Centennial, and areas from Sheep Mountain to Lake Hattie are under pre-evacuation orders.

The fire has continued to burn near Rob Roy reservoir, a source of water for Cheyenne. Cheyenne’s Board of Public Utilities says Cheyenne’s water remains safe.

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