LANDER, Wyo. — The state of Wyoming has already spent $6 million in fighting wildfires so far this season.
Renny MacKay, of Gov. Matt Mead's office, says the state has $2 million in its two-year budget for fighting wildfires. The state also has a $2.8 million budget for general operations such as fire preparedness.
In addition, there is $9.2 million available in an emergency fire suppression account.
The governor recently put $6 million in unspent money into his office budget for fighting wildfires.
MacKay tells the Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/McxLtn ) that Wyoming's last big fire season was in 2006, and the state spent $17 million.
Firefighting on federal land, including national forests, national parks and Bureau of Land Management land is paid for with federal dollars.