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Sep112017

FEMA approves grants to help with Montana fires

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is coming through with additional money to help Montana meet the additional costs of fighting fires this summer.

FEMA announced yesterday it was releasing funds to help with the Rice Ridge Fire, Alice Creek Fire, West Fork Fire and the Moose Peak Fire. Rice Ridge and Alice Creek are lighting-caused fires that have been burning fiercely in Missoula, Powell and Lewis and Clark Counties. West Fork and Moose Peak were also caused by lighting and are burning outside Libby in Lincoln County. 

Governor Steve Bullock had made a personal visit to FEMA's administrator, Brock Long, last week to ask for the funds. It's critical because the state's own firefighting funds have been depleted because of the extraordinarily long fire season. 

The funds can be used to pay for up to 75% of direct firefighting costs.

FEMA previously granted money to help with the Lolo Peak Fire and the Lodgepole Fire. 

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