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For Immediate Release - July 28, 2000
Contact: Anastasia Burton
Press Secretary
(406) 444-5523

Governor Declares Statewide Wildfire Emergency

(HELENA)--- Governor Marc Racicot declared a state of emergency this morning for the entire state effective July 27, 2000. Extremely dry conditions, high winds, and wildland fires have created an imminent threat of a disaster which timely actions can avert or minimize.

Section 10-3-311 and 10-3-312 of the MCA authorizes the Governor to mobilize state resources and the Montana National Guard to protect life, health, and property and allows for the expenditure of funds from the general fund to meet contingencies and needs arising from the emergency.

As of July 28, 2000, there are 130 Army and Air National Guard soldiers deployed on the Canyon Ferry Fire Complex. Another 250 National Guard soldiers will be mobilized on Sunday, July 30.

Current status of the fires in the State of Montana can be found utilizing the Internet at: For further information, contact Fred Naeher, Public Information Officer at Disaster and Emergency Services at (406) 841-3911 or Jack Peters, Fire Suppression Section Supervisor at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation at (406) 542-4220.


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