Wyoming Wildland Fire Fund Untapped So Far

By Associated Press – 11 Aug ’14

Thanks to a relatively quiet wildfire season so far in Wyoming, firefighting agencies have yet to tap a $16 million fund allocated for fire suppression in the state.

State Forester Bill Crapser says the weather has kept wildfires down for now but that could quickly change.

If it does, Crapser tells the Casper Star-Tribune that Wyoming is in good position to suppress whatever flares up.

In 2012, more that $43 million was spent on efforts to fight wildfires. That year, crews from 35 states, some as far away as Delaware, came to assist state and federal firefighting agencies.

This year, local firefighting personnel have found work in Washington where wildfires have been a problem.

Crapser says states with bad fire seasons depend on areas that aren’t for help.