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U.S. Forest Service reminds outdoorsmen to be prepared when entering Mullen burn areas

Mullen fires burn areas
Mullen fires burn areas(USDA Forest Services)
Updated: May. 7, 2021 at 7:04 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Although several sites and trails have been re-opened since the Mullen Wild Fire last year, Forest Service encourages hikers to be aware of some potential hazards when entering burn areas.

“For the most past, if people are paying attention, if they’re aware, if they know before they go what the situations and on the ground conditions are, then they should be just fine,” said Aaron Voos, Public Affairs Specialist of Forest Services.

A few sites will continue to be closes throughout the summer season for necessary repairs. Voos also said to expect some possible closures. Crews will be camping out at closed sites to work on reconstructing the areas.

Voos said the areas that are open are safe for exploring; however, to keep in mind that common hazards associated with wildfires include tree fall, holes in the ground and flooding. When fires burn the trees, it burns into the roots, which could cause holes in the ground that are difficult to see. Fire also weakens already dying trees, so on windy days, it is possible trees could fall.

Voos said the burn areas vary in condition.

“There’s a variety of burn severity and I think that is what is really important for people to realize. They may visit some portions of the forest that don’t appear to be burned at all or have very minimal impact, and then they may visit some areas that look like the moon,” said Voos.

The best way to be prepared is to check the USDA Forest website for closure updates, and to ensure weather notifications are enabled on your phone.

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