Firefighters, paramedics , and police responded to a fire call at a home on New Mexico Street in Green River Friday evening. Green River Fire Chief Mike Kennedy gave a description of the fire and its damages while on scene. “It appeared as though some coals from the fire pit caused the back of the shed to catch on fire, burning down the fence and the shed,” said Kennedy. No one was hurt during the incident, and the Green River Fire department was able to extinguish the flames in under five minutes after their arrival.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will issue fire restrictions for all Rock Springs Field Office-administered public lands in Uinta and Sweetwater counties effective Monday, June 25. Fire restrictions have already been implemented in Albany, Carbon, Sweetwater and Laramie counties by the Rawlins Field Office.
Sweetwater County's economy is driven by oil, gas and trona production. But a planned uranium mine in the Lost Creek area north of Wamsutter is expected to increase domestic uranium production between 25 and 50% by 2014. Ur-Energy has acquired most of the necessary licenses and permits for the project and anticipates an annual output of 1 million to 2 million pounds of refined yellow cake uranium powder. Production is slated to begin spring 2013 and increase to full capacity by 2014.