By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Mullen Fire in Medicine Bow National Forest reached the Rob Roy community this week, officials announced on Friday.
During a virtual update that was streamed to Facebook, the Rocky Mountain Incident Management team members provided various updates regarding the fire that has been raging in the forest for more than a week.
As of Friday afternoon, the fire has affected 25,250 acres, according to fire tracking website InciWeb. More forest area closures were announced to better allow fire resources to assist where needed.
Pre-evacuation notices have also been issued for the Foxborough and Fox Park communities due to concerns with wind direction and anticipated fire spread.
On Friday, crews were focused on structure protection, particularly in the Rambler area, one of the RMIM members said on Friday.
The weather continues to be unseasonably warm, meaning that the fire has continued to rage on, an official from the U.S. Forest Service said during the stream. He also compared the Mullen wildfire to the 2017 Keystone wildfire, but noted that the latter occurred in July.
For the weekend, strong winds are expected to continue, especially on Saturday, with some significant gusts possible. Temperatures will be slightly cooler with increased humidity.
A cold front will cross the fire area on Saturday, with much cooler temperatures expected on Sunday. Gusty winds will shift northwest behind the cold front and will continue into Monday.
Only 2% of the fire has been contained and its estimated completed containment date is Oct. 30.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has been refunding hunters and anglers for licenses going unused due to the fire.