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Jul 31, 2018

As Fire Season Flares Up, Tester Secures Millions to Prevent Montana Wildfires

Senator’s Hard Work Allows State to Apply for Fire Mitigation Grants


(U.S. Senate)—Ranking Member Jon Tester today announced that the state of Montana is eligible to apply for up to $3.4 million to help prevent future wildfires.

Tester wrote and passed legislation that requires FEMA to make an additional 15 percent of Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAG) declared in fiscal years 2017 and 2018 available for mitigation work.

“Montanans know how devastating wildfires can be, which is why we need to do everything we can to prevent them,” said Tester. “These added resources are now available to the state so we can proactively protect life, property, and land.”

As Ranking Member of the Homeland Appropriations Subcommittee, Tester inserted the provision in the bipartisan 2018 government funding agreement, which creates this new grant program.

The state of Montana will now have six months to apply for the funding.

Tester successfully pushed FEMA to issue eight FMAGs last year (Strawberry Fire, Moose Peak Fire, Hwy 200 Fire Complex, West Fork Fire, Alice Creek Fire, Rice Ridge Fire, Lolo Peak Fire, and the Lodgepole Fire Complex). Those FMAGs covered 75 percent of the state’s firefighting costs.

Tester was the only member of Montana’s delegation to vote for the bipartisan agreement that made this funding available.

A summary of Tester’s work defending Montana from wildfires is 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


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
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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