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Gianforte Focuses Washington’s Attention on Montana’s Wildfires

September 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Greg Gianforte took to the House floor today to bring needed attention to the wildfires in Montana. 

“I met with leaders and firefighters at five fires this summer and witnessed the destruction firsthand,” Gianforte said. “I hope this image and the others from back home will make my colleagues more aware of the fires’ devastation and the need for relief in the Treasure State.”

As part of his listening tour of all of Montana’s 56 counties this summer, Gianforte met with incident commanders and firefighters at five fires. He witnessed the destruction on the ground at the July fire in Zortman, the Lodgepole Complex fires, the Bruner Mountain fire, the Park Creek fire, and the Lolo Peak fire.

“Drought conditions are severe. Over 40 wildfires continue to rage, and more than 900,000 acres have burned. As we speak,” Gianforte said, “ash rains down on our homes and schools, and poor air quality threatens the health of Montanans, particularly our children and seniors. And our livelihoods are at risk.”

In August, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured the Lolo Peak fire with Congressman Gianforte and Senator Steve Daines at their invitation.

In July, Gianforte and Daines secured emergency relief for farmers and ranchers severely impacted by the Lodgepole Complex fires. Secretary Zinke granted Gianforte and Daines’s request to permit ranchers to move cattle onto retired grazing allotments within the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge. 

Also in July, Gianforte and Daines successfully urged Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Brock Long to reconsider FEMA’s decision and declare Montana eligible for emergency funds.

Montanans are encouraged to reach out to Gianforte’s office for help with federal agencies, particularly with federal disaster relief.

Video of Gianforte’s remarks may be found here.