By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
It was a slow Wednesday when it came to Mullen Fire activity, officials confirmed in an evening update.
While fire crews were concerned about the possible strong winds, operations manager John Wallace said that by mid-morning, precipitation fell on the fire, providing much-needed relief after weeks of toiling.
As of Wednesday evening, the fire has affected 176,371 acres and is at a 34% containment rate.
Since there was little fire activity, crews focused on cleanup efforts in the Ryan Park area, which Wallace believes crews will be moving out of by the end of the week.
However, just because the fire hasn’t grown doesn’t mean fire crews are done working.
“The area north of Albany…still has some heat on it, and we’re watching that area very closely,” Wallace said.
He added that crews are continuing to monitor to the Fox Park and Foxborough communities in the meantime. Fox Creek Road residents are also now allowed to return home, according to an update on fire tracking website InciWeb.