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Governor Hears from People Impacted by Wildfires

posted Sep 13, 2013, 7:49 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Sep 16, 2013, 9:49 AM ]

Governor Mead visits Weston County to view the impacts of the Oil Creek Fire. The Oil Creek Fire near Newcastle is contained at 62,000 acres.


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Cheyenne, WY 82002
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July 31, 2012



Renny MacKay
Communications Director


Governor Views Impacts from Two of Wyoming’s Large Fires

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  Governor Matt Mead traveled to Weston and Albany Counties today to view the impacts of two of the largest wildfires that have burned so far this year in Wyoming. The Oil Creek Fire near Newcastle is contained at 62,000 acres and the Squirrel Creek Fire west of Laramie is contained at 11,000 acres. Combined the two fires destroyed two residences, four other structures as well as private and public property, including fences, corrals and water tanks.

Governor Mead thanked the men and women who worked on the fires and heard from impacted landowners. “These fires have done extensive damage. It is very sad, especially for those who have lost homes or structures or grazing land,” Governor Mead said. He also said the silver lining is what he is hearing about the people of Wyoming. “Everywhere I go and look at these fires and have discussions with the people who fight the fires they are uniformly very complimentary of the many volunteers who step up in the local communities, very complimentary of the county fire officials, and they appreciate the work of the state officials.”

Governor Mead said over 4,000 people have come into Wyoming to fight fires this year and the fire season is not over yet.

Fires Caused Devastation.MP3
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