Governor Mead Urges Caution in Wildfire Areas

Governor Mead Urges Caution in Wildfire Areas

CHEYENNE– Governor Matt Mead urges caution in areas affected by the Douglas Fire in northeast Wyoming. The fire is southwest of Sundance and covers about 2000 acres as of Friday afternoon. The fire grew in the afternoon. The Sundance Canyon Subdivision was evacuated earlier in the day. The Governor asks people in the area to be aware, use care and listen to local radio for information updates.

“There are approximately 150 personnel, 30 engines, three helicopters and several air tankers on scene to fight this fire,” said Governor Mead. “Resources are being deployed as necessary.”

According to State Forester Bill Crapser, much of northeast Wyoming is in Red Flag condition. Red Flag is a designation issued by the National Weather Service that fire conditions are volatile based on wind, temperature and relative humidity. On a scale of 1 to 5, the Douglas fire is currently a Type 3 Incident, meaning state assets are assisting with local fire departments.

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Governor Mead stressed that funding for wildfire was not reduced in the recently announced budget cuts. The incident commanders and field staff have received the resources requested to fight the fire.