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Jul 27, 2017

Tester Secures Critical FEMA Disaster Assistance to Help Fight Lodgepole Complex Fire

After Demands from Tester, FEMA Will Provide Equipment, Shelter, and Additional Resources to Combat Nation’s Largest Fire


(U.S. Senate) - U.S. Senator Jon Tester has secured critical life-saving resources to help fight the Lodgepole Complex Fire in eastern Montana, currently the largest fire in the nation.

“These funds will help protect Montana families, businesses, and lands that are threatened by the nation’s largest fire,” Tester said. “It is time to get in gear and get this fire put out so we can focus on rebuilding and restoring lives and businesses in eastern Montana. While I am disappointed that it took so long for FEMA to step up to the plate, this is a step in the right direction for what’s sure to be a very busy fire season. I am grateful for the firefighters and first responders who are on the fire line battling this blaze.”

Tester secured a Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The grant declaration will cover 75 percent of the firefighting and mitigation costs incurred by the state of Montana. Tester called FEMA Administrator Brock Long on Monday and again Wednesday to urge the agency to reconsider after it denied the state of Montana’s request for assistance.

Tester also sent a letter to Long with Governor Steve Bullock to request the Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration be granted.

A Fire Management Assistance Grant declaration helps provide equipment and supplies, evacuations and sheltering, federal and out-of-state resources, and mitigation, management, mobilization and demobilization funds.

Tester spoke on the Senate floor this week calling on Congress to pass legislation that treats wildfires like any other natural disasters so responders can tap emergency funding in order to fight them.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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