Wyoming Governor Matt Mead spent Tuesday traveling to Weston and Albany Counties to get a firsthand glimpse of the devastation caused by 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.
According to a media release from the Governor's Office, combined the two fires destroyed 2 residences, 4 other structures as well as private and public property, including fences, corrals and water tanks. Governor Mead says that the fires have damaged much more than just property.
The Governor was quick to point out that we have a long way to go as conditions around the state remain perfect for more wildfire activity.