Montana Appeals FEMA’s Denial Of Wildfire Disaster Funding

Montana is appealing FEMA’s denial of the state’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration following last year’s historic fire season.

In late December, the federal government denied Governor Bullock’s initial request for help in covering some of the $44 million in firefighting costs billed to the state at the end of last summer summer when Montana’s own fire fund was almost drained.

The initial request was a long shot, according to state officials, because FEMA doesn’t tend to view a group of fires, or a fire season, as a single disaster. read more >>