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Governor Pleased Fire Season Quieter This Year

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While fire season is not over yet in Wyoming, what a difference a year makes!  That’s what Wyoming Governor Matt Mead told reporters during a news conference Wednesday.  To date, Mead says about $1-million has been spent by the state on fire suppression compared with over $45-million last year.  Mead says there have been about 500 fires in Wyoming this year compared with about 1300 last year, and none have them have been close to the magnitude seen last year.  He says while about 700-thousand acres burned last year, it has been closer to a total of 70-thousand this year.  However, Mead says Wyoming has a number of people deployed in other areas of the country – about 285 people he says are helping in other states. Mead says he made his comments guardedly, keeping his fingers crossed that the remainder of the season is as calm as the previous months. Meanwhile, recent rains received over the Teton Interagency Fire area have resulted in the fire danger dropping to Moderate, giving firefighters here a much-needed respite from fire activity.

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