There were no doubts the critical weather conditions and natural fuels feeding the Mullen Fire burning in the mountains about 40 miles west of Laramie went from bad to worse from Thursday to Friday.

Then the unimaginable became a stark reality by Saturday evening for many people in the fire’s path as multiple mass evacuation orders throughout the day sent them toward escape routes in different directions as the fire raced mostly to the northeast, east, and southeast. Strong winds from west to east with gusts of more than 50 miles per hour fanned the wall of flames.

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