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Voluntary evacuations have been issued for the areas of Roach and Hohnholz in northwest Larimer County along County Road 103 as the Mullen Fire in Wyoming expanded beyond 80,000 acres Saturday, burning south toward the Colorado border.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office issued the evacuation notices on Saturday afternoon when the blaze grew to 35,810 acres with only 2% containment. Later Saturday, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tweeted that the fire had grown to more than 80,000 acres.
The Mullen Fire is now estimated at more than 80,000 acres. The red dots on the attached map are thermal hot spots detected by satellite. Conditions have limited aircraft use in the area, and high winds and poor visibility are expected to limit aerial operations again today. pic.twitter.com/ZOzXwX1lwM
— Governor Mark Gordon (@GovernorGordon) September 26, 2020
According to Inciweb, the Mullen Fire is burning in the Medicine Bow National Forest, about 38 miles west of Laramie.
Fire officials expect the blaze, which doubled in size to more than 18,000 acres on Friday, to continue growing through Saturday as warm and windy conditions persist.
The Mullen Fire is currently about 60 miles north of the Cameron Peak Fire, which has expanded to 111,114 acres as of Saturday morning and has already prompted evacuations for much of western Larimer County.
The voluntary evacuation order associated with the fire is east of Colorado Highway 127, which connects to Colorado 125 north of Walden.
LCSO's evacuation order states: "If evacuating go south on county road 103 to 4 corners and go east on 80C. Voluntary evacuations are advised for residents and visitors if they are concerned for their safety.
"For updates text the word MULLEN to 888777. Do not call 911 to confirm the message."
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