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Sep 6, 2017

Tester Demands Congress Address Montana During Wildfire Season

Senator Pushes for Resources to Fight Devastating Wildfires Across Montana

(U.S. Senate)– U.S. Senator Jon Tester took to the Senate floor today to demand Congress address wildfires across Montana and the west.

“I travelled around the state and saw with my own eyes the fires that are sweeping across Montana,” Tester said. “I am asking each and every one of you to stand with the people of Montana as they fight for blue skies and fresh air once again.”

Tester toured fire camps and attended briefings throughout August. As the Senate considers aid to the parts of America impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Tester urged his colleagues to step up on behalf of fire-ravaged states like Montana.

“Saving lives and property when disaster strikes is a fundamental pillar of government,” Tester said. “It is not a Democrat or Republican issue, it is an American responsibility. I am confident we can work together to ensure the victims of Harvey get the relief they need and the states that are burning, like Montana, have the resources they need to protect our citizens, our economy, and our way of life.”

Last week, Tester secured more than $3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants for Montana.

Last month, at Tester’s urging, FEMA granted emergency funding for the Lodgepole Complex Fire.

Montanans impacted by wildfires can contact Tester’s office HERE if they need help navigating federal disaster assistance.

You can watch Tester's full speech HERE.

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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