By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Fire crews are using a slowdown in activity on the Mullen Fire to establish a fire line west of Centennial to prepare for the worst-case scenario, an official said Friday morning.
During a Friday morning update, public information officer Chris Joyner told Facebook viewers that while there isn’t much heat in the northwest portion of the fire, crews in the northeastern section are taking precautionary steps.
“We’re not seeing a lot of activity in the French Creek drainage area,” he said. “There is still a lot of heat [in the northern part of the fire area], but fortunately it’s extremely wet in here, so our models don’t show the fire spreading.”
However, fire crews are placing a contingency line west of Centennial as a preventative measure, even though officials don’t expect the fire to move there.
Crews will also work on spotting and cleaning up any fire hot spots on Friday and over the weekend.
There are around 980 personnel working to combat the fire, which has affected 176,386 acres as of Friday morning, according to fire tracking website InciWeb. Firefighters have completed a containment line around 34% of the fire.
While Saturday is expected to have sunny skies and fairly strong winds, Sunday is expected to be cool with a chance of rain.