Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator “humbled” by support during Hanna evacuation

Published: Sep. 7, 2020 at 6:28 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As a wildfire posed a potential threat to Hanna this weekend, Carbon County emergency officials set a “trigger point” outside of town that would mean the town would have to be evacuated. On Saturday, that’s exactly what happened.

The Albany County Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross mobilized to Laramie to meet the evacuees. Carbon County Emergency Management Coordinator, Lenny Layman, said around 67 households were evacuated and around 200 people were sheltered in seven hotels in Laramie.

Sunday morning they also provided breakfast and a bagged lunch for each person. The incident commander gave residents the OK to return to their homes at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

For Layman, he gets emotional thinking about the amount of support they have received.

“It was so well orchestrated. The accepting of the evacuees, getting them checked in, food, the care, the briefings, all of that was so absolutely well taken care of,” said Layman.

Layman also wanted to thank Black Hills Energy who safely shut down the natural gas to the town. BHE employees have also been working Monday to restore the households that run on gas before the winter storm hits.

According to the BLM Facebook page, The fire is currently 20 percent contained and stretches 14, 201 acres.

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