Mullen fire causes Fremont County firefighters to deploy
FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -
Fremont County has played a part in helping fight the growing Mullen fire, they have been on the fire for almost two weeks so far.
Officials say the firefighters are thankful they are able to help in this tragic event.
Craig Haslam, Fremont County Fire Protection District Chief stated, “I think it’s a great opportunity for not just myself but also the folks that we send out on the fires to be able to go out and help people. That’s why they do it, they enjoy helping people. Like I say, they’re volunteers back home, so they enjoy helping out their communities, their people. This just gives them that little bit higher level I guess, to be able to go out and help not only our state, but also the nation.”
Fire officials in Fremont County say they have sent a lot of resources to the Mullen fire. The Riverton Fire District, Lander City Fire District, as well as the Fremont County Fire Protection District engines and volunteers have been deployed to the fire.
Currently there are ten firefighters from Fremont County deployed, and although they are volunteer firefighters, they will be reimbursed for their time.
“We send people out all summer long to different fires all around the United States, but this one here we’ve had more people on it than what we normally do I guess. They actually are employed on the fire when they do go out on these types of deals, but we send our volunteers out,” noted Haslam.
Officials say the firefighters time there will likely be extended, as the Mullen fire has now grown to at least 127 thousand acres, burning in Wyoming and Colorado.
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