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Mullen Days

The transformative power of fire | Laramie's human and natural communities

 

An ashy burned forest
Burned forest with grass
A burned forest in snow

 


 

Saturday, October 15th

The Collective, 100 s 2nd St, Laramie, WY

1-4pm: Interactive open house, art & education

4-5pm: Panel, what are the impacts of the Mullen Fire?

5-6pm: Social hour, beer, snacks, food truck

6-7pm: Storytelling, Tales at the Taphouse, "Living with Fire"

Sunday, October 16th

The Burn Zone

10am: Meet at The Collective, coffee, carpool

11am: Lincoln Gulch trailhead, hike the burn, reflection

1pm: Back in town. 


 

In the fall of 2020, the Mullen Fire burned more than 170,000 acres in and around the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest just west of Laramie, Wyoming. In addition, it consumed 63 structures, around half of which were homes, and forced the communities of Albany, Keystone, Lake Creek, Miller Lake, Fox Park, and Foxborough to evacuate. Those of us living in Laramie at the time might recall the yellowed skies, the advisories to stay inside, and the ash falling from the sky. 

It was shared experience, one that made the idea of living with wildfire very real. For some, it may have been the first time climate change felt personal.

By the end of October, several feet of snow and a month of firefighting had the burn almost entirely contained. Evacuation orders were lifted, roads re-opened, and for those of us not working or living directly with the aftermath, the Mullen Fire was over. Two years passed, and where are we now? 

A vegetated river going through a burn zone

Mullen Days attempts to answer this question. Using art, science, and other ways of knowing this community-centered event is a space to process, grieve, learn, and re-imagine what living with fire means. It it interdisciplinary, interactive, free, and open to the public. We hope to see you there.  


 

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Wild strawberries with rain drops on them
Contact: bmalotky@uwyo.edu
Deadline: September 19th

We’re looking for up to two artists to run interactive booths during the open house that prompt guests to think about what living with wildfire means to them. Artists will have to come early for set-up and run the booth from 1-4pm. If they would like to keep their booth open for the social hour after the panel, they are welcome to. 

To apply, send us a brief letter with a short bio and your vision for a booth, specifically addressing how it will actively engage participants and how it relates to the Mullen Fire and/or the transformative power of [wild]fire in general. Please also note what materials you expect to need and a rough estimate of quantity and cost if 30 people participated in the booth. Artists will be paid a $250 stipend.


 

CALL FOR STORYTELLERS

Fireweed blooming
Theme: Living with Fire
Contact: talesatthetaphouse@gmail.com

Prompts: Do you remember when you first heard about or encountered wildfire? What was living through the Mullen fire like? How has fire changed the way you think about your community or the future? How has the Mullen fire and Med Bow National Forest been a part of your life before, during, or after the burn? Have you interacted with the burn zone? How does the landscape recover from fire? How do we? How does the landscape respond to fire? How do we? What are you grieving? What have you gained? 

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Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources

Bim Kendall House

804 E Fremont St

Laramie, WY 82072

Phone: (307) 766-5080

Fax: (307) 766-5099

Email: haub.school@uwyo.edu

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