August 30, 2000 |
Montana's governor asked President Clinton to declare the state a federal disaster area Tuesday because of its huge wildfires, as exhausted firefighters looked hopefully toward the weekend and the possibility of rain. Gov. Marc Racicot told Clinton that the state has exhausted its firefighting resources and asked for a federal disaster declaration that would free up more federal money. The governor estimated wildfires are costing Montana businesses $3 million a day.
August 29, 2000 |
A fast-moving wildfire closed the scenic Beartooth Highway to Yellowstone National Park and threatened up to 150 houses Monday, some of them million-dollar homes in the Montana woods. Elsewhere, a firestorm in an Idaho forest destroyed most of the buildings at a guest ranch, and a second guest ranch was ordered evacuated. The fire near Red Lodge became the No.
August 28, 2000 |
The governor of a state racked by the worst wildfires in half a century blamed the Clinton administration Sunday for failing to act on evidence that the Western states were increasingly prone to ravaging fires. "Everybody was warned of this . . . and what I'm saying is we have not attached the right priority to these issues," Montana Gov. Marc Racicot, a Republican, said on "Fox News Sunday," as fire officials reported more than 1.6 million acres ablaze in 13 Western states.
August 23, 2000 |
A federal agency closed an additional 1.3 million acres of its land in Montana on Tuesday to protect against the danger of Western wildfires that have scorched an area the size of New Hampshire this year. The move by the Bureau of Land Management came as U.S. Forest Service spokesman Ed Nesselroad said that agency was preparing to close off more of its land as well.
August 21, 2000 |
Like the original Smokey Bear, a small cub has emerged burned but alive from the wildfires that have charred forests and range land across Montana. The cub, apparently orphaned and weighing only about 20 pounds, was in a veterinary clinic being treated for burns on all four paws. In Montana, 30 fires had burned about 600,000 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. That accounts for almost half the 1.
August 20, 2000 |
Firefighters raced to make as much progress as possible against a menacing wildfire Saturday before expected windy weather could whip the flames into another dash across the countryside. The blaze near Toston had swept across 100,000 acres in three days. Cool temperatures and light rain kept it quiet during the night, officials reported Saturday, but a cold front was expected to arrive with strong wind and no moisture.