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Governor Mead Says Funds Sufficient For Fires

Governor Matt Mead

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead told reporters Friday that initial indications are that the summer fire season will not be as bad as it was last year.  However, at the same time, he is concerned about to what extent the federal agencies and National Guard is funded to meet the needs of the season ahead.  At the same time, Mead says, the funds available in the state should be sufficient. Mead told reporters, “I think that we have as much money as we need if our guesses are right – and that’s what they are is guesses.  I would have been very concerned about it but for my veto which allowed me to have access to a greater amount of funding,”  Mead points out that the state still hasn’t settled up the accounts from last year between what was to have been covered by federal money and what was to be covered by state money.  Mead says all but three of the state’s counties are considered in drought conditions.  However, he says he met with State Forester Bill Crapser who has analyzed the summer ahead together with weather forecasters, and at this point, the best guess is that the season may be more moderate than what was experienced here last summer.

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