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LARAMIE – The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that 29 homes and 31 other structures or outbuildings have been lost to the Mullen Fire, which has grown to nearly 100,000 acres.
It was first significant damage assessment for structures conducted by firefighting personnel since the blaze erupted Sept. 17 in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest about 40 west of Laramie and just southwest of Centennial.
The sheriff’s office contacted all 38 property owners after the damage assessment was made in lower Keystone, Lake Creek and Foxborough.
“On behalf of everyone working this fire, our thoughts go out to those who lost homes and property,” stated a sheriff’s office press release.
The statement added that if there is further damage to property, additional assessment and notifications will be made. Additionally, the sheriff’s office has received a lot of questions about when owners will be allowed to go see their property.
“Currently, it’s still too dangerous …,” the release stated. “When it’s safe to do so, we will work on setting up a limited re-entry.”
As of the latest update Wednesday morning on the U.S. Forest Service’s Incident Information website, https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7208/, the Mullen Fire had increased to 96,757 total acres and remained at 0% containment.
The total amount of firefighting ground personnel is at 887, directed by a Rocky Mountain Area Incident Management Blue Team. The crews are also aided by large fleet of firefighting aircraft. More firefighting personnel and resources continue to arrive after being released from other fires in the western part of the country.
The fire was pushed Wednesday by strong north/northwest winds, increasing overall intensity and most of the new growth to the south and southeast toward the Wyoming-Colorado border, prompting more evacuations and road closures.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation closed Highway 230 from the Colorado
The Glass Fire complex of wildfires burning in Napa and Sonoma counties has burned an estimated 42,560 acres and destroyed 80 homes between the two counties as of Tuesday morning, according to Cal Fire.
The blaze, which still is at 0 percent containment, started at 3:50 a.m. Sunday in Napa Valley and spread late Sunday and early Monday into Sonoma County, destroying homes on the east edge of Santa Rosa.Continue Reading
SONOMA COUNTY, CA — The Glass Fire continued to grow overnight in Napa and Sonoma counties, engulfing 42,650 acres by Tuesday morning with zero containment, Cal Fire said in a morning update.
Some 10,712 structures remain threatened by the Glass, Shady and Boysen fires burning in the two North San Francisco Bay Area counties. Cal Fire confirmed at least 28 residences have been destroyed by the blaze in Sonoma County, while at least 52 homes have been lost in Napa County.
“CAL FIRE’S unified team is actively engaged in a coordinated response to take suppressive action on the Glass Fire, which has been split into two zones to effectively provide a response for the communities at risk,” officials with the state agency said.
“The Red Flag Warning was rescinded last night but above average temperatures will continue this week. Evacuation Orders are still in place for multiple communities within Napa and Sonoma Counties.”
A state of emergency was declared for the two counties Monday by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who also requested a presidential major disaster declaration in order to bolster response to the Glass Incident and other destructive wildfires across the state.
The Glass Fire sparked early Sunday in the Deer Park area of Napa County and moved west amid red flag weather conditions, forcing thousands of Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa residents to flee their homes.
Sonoma County officials said 68,000 residents were under mandatory evacuation orders Monday, with at least six evacuation shelters operating, including at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma and at the Petaluma Veteran’s Building.
Another series of wildfires stormed California’s wine country overnight as flames destroyed numerous homes and other buildings in Napa and Sonoma counties and forced thousands to flee.
A number of homes began to burn early Monday in the suburban eastern neighborhoods of Santa Rosa. The city of 177,000 residents, Sonoma County’s most populous, was devastated three years ago by the Tubbs fire, which was also driven by strong winds and destroyed about 1,500 homes in the 1980s-built northwestern Coffey Park neighborhood.
On Monday, it was the suburban northeastern neighborhoods of Santa Rosa that were burning, this time from the Shady fire.
Whipped by powerful, hot and dry Diablo winds coming from the north and east, which showered embers onto the city, the fire engulfed houses in the area of Mountain Hawk Drive, which is lined with two-story tract homes in the Skyhawk development, built in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
The number of structures lost was unclear as of Monday morning.
Large swaths of Santa Rosa remain under mandatory evacuation orders. Districts in the city’s northeast were ordered to evacuate, including the neighborhoods of Skyhawk, Melita, Stonebridge, the Oakmont Gardens retirement community and Pythian.
Evacuations also were ordered Monday for the Summerfield and Spring Lake areas, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.
With flames in the distances, busloads of older people were evacuated from the Oakmont Gardens assisted-living community. Elsewhere in the city, cars jammed narrow roads as residents heeded evacuation orders.
Two other fires were also burning upwind of the fire encroaching on Santa Rosa, both of them