FEMA denies Montana disaster relief
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Posted by MilesCity.com Webmaster (+8978) 6 months ago
FEMA denies Montana's request for $44M in disaster aid after historic fire season


MISSOULA — The federal government has denied Montana's disaster relief request for $44 million in the aftermath of the 2017 fire season that burned more than 1,500 square miles.

Montana Public Radio reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Steve Bullock's request for additional aid in late December.

The federal agency has already granted the state $11 million, covering some of the expenses for eight different fires.

Montana spent its entire two-year $60 million emergency fund for wildfire suppression in one year, using it up before last season ended.

This summer's fires burned more than 1.2 million acres in the state, with Bullock eventually declaring a state of emergency.

Montana Public Radio's attempts to reach a federal agency representative were unsuccessful.

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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+11624) 6 months ago
Good for the federal government. The Montana Legislature needs to increase taxes so we Montanans pay for our fires, not the federal government. The federal government is going broke.
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+2926) 6 months ago
Gunnar, did you just say the "T" word. The next thing is, you will be expecting functional infrastructure and social services.
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Posted by Jeri Dalbec (+2497) 6 months ago
Speaking of Social Services, the Miles City, Glasgow, Sidney and Glendive AWARE offices' last day is March 31st. It is a wonderful Program with 20 or 21 Counselors losing their jobs. Not enough "T" dollars to fund jobs. The Federal Government does plan to withhold Millions from Montana as well...! One has to wonder about JOB GROWTH??? Pretty interesting "Time"☺ You watch all of this and then you need to remember that the Majority voted for it.
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