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West Mullan Fire Grows Closer To Superior Town

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The West Mullan Fire grows to more than 4,550 acres, and mandatory evacuation orders are extended. Still, firefighters are so far successful in keeping the blaze from reaching any homes.

On Thursday, Sam King stood watching a fire grow closer to the town she's lived in for just a few months now, not sure whether it had taken her home or not.

"I'm worried," she said.

King left her home in the Pardee Creek area Wednesday night when the fire came close.

"I had to leave for the sake of my animals," King said.

King, her husband, two dogs and several cats are now at the Mineral County Fairgrounds, where evacuees, their animals and live stock are invited to stay.

"Firefighters helped me pack up all of my animals, and here we are, this is our home for now," King said.

While King worries for the future of her home, and one cat she left behind, she said she can't thank the community enough for their help.

"What I'm really impressed with is how the community and strangers stopped to help one another," King said.

Superior Resident Timothy Buchanan is inviting evacuees and their animals to stay at his home. He's also in the process of planning a community get together Friday to make banners to put around town to show their support for firefighters.

Buchanan said, "I'm optimistic, I'm thankful to live here, and think the community will continue to work together."

As residents, like King and Buchanan are left to hope for the best for their town, firefighters are working towards what they say is an obvious goal.

Meg Nemitz of the U.S. Fire Service said, "The overall goal is containment, so they're working on flanks they think will make the biggest ground."

Fire officials said the fire is expected to stay active through the next few days as the hot weather and winds pick up.

In addition to the Mineral County Fairgrounds, evacuees are also invited to the Superior Elementary School, where the American Red Cross is set up.

 

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