U.S. Forest Service Running Out of Money for Wildfires - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

U.S. Forest Service Running Out of Money for Wildfires

Posted: Updated:

As of this morning the fire was at 600 acres with 0% of it contained. Five houses were forced to evacuate and 207 more structures have been threatened. Firefighters are using heavy tankers and bulldozers to block the fire's progress.     

A representative from the Forest Service say the "air and the ground are busy, but we don't have a lot of firefighters on the ground cutting line. Most of that's being done with equipment right now to protect structures near the bottom of the fire."    

The fire has caused some road closures in the area.  No traffic is allowed southbound on Highway 212 after mile marker 65.2, also known as "Point of the Rocks," and that's the case for local traffic too.  The closure extends to Wyoming-296, also known as the Chief Joseph Highway. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Meanwhile the U.S. Forest Service says they're running out of money to fight wildfires. This, at the peak of the season! Now the nation's top wildfire-fighting agency is diverting $600 million from timber, recreation and other areas to fill the gap.  A spokesman for the Forest Service said in an email today, they're down to $50 million typically just enough for a couple of days of fighting wildfires after spending $967 million so far this year. Wildfire spending by other federal agencies takes the total to $1.2 billion.      

There are 51 large and uncontained fires burning across the nation, making it tough to meet demands for fire crews and equipment.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Accident on Fox Farm Road

    Accident on Fox Farm Road

    Accident on Fox Farm Rd. 1 Person ejected, head injury but conscious.
    Accident on Fox Farm Rd. 1 Person ejected, head injury but conscious.
  • Fruit Recall Affects Costco & Sam's Club

    Fruit Recall Affects Costco & Sam's Club

    Did you buy fruit at Costco or Sam's Club recently? If so, you may want to check your container.
    Did you buy fruit at Costco or Sam's Club recently? If so, you may want to check your container.
  • Sparkettes of Montana Seeking New Fundraiser Location

    Sparkettes of Montana Seeking New Fundraiser Location

    The Sparkettes of Montana host the annual haunted house at the fairgrounds every year. But it might not happen this October, putting the program in limbo.
    The Sparkettes of Montana host the annual haunted house at the fairgrounds every year. But it might not happen this October, putting the program in limbo.
  • Accident on Fox Farm Road

    Accident on Fox Farm Road

    Accident on Fox Farm Rd. 1 Person ejected, head injury but conscious.
    Accident on Fox Farm Rd. 1 Person ejected, head injury but conscious.
  • Bookmobile Back in Great Falls

    Bookmobile Back in Great Falls

    The Great Falls Bookmobile will be able to run thanks to some very generous donations by the people of Great Falls.
    The Great Falls Bookmobile will be able to run thanks to some very generous donations by the people of Great Falls.
  • Highway 89 Shutdown Around Mile Marker 1

    Highway 89 Shutdown Around Mile Marker 1

    Highway 89 temporarily shut down around mile marker 1 from a accident involving a water tender.
    Highway 89 temporarily shut down around mile marker 1 from a accident involving a water tender.
  • Mutual of Omaha Looking for "Aha Moments"

    Mutual of Omaha Looking for "Aha Moments"

    We’ve all had them - a time when the “light bulb” in our head flicks on or as some call it… an "Aha moment…" That's the phrase the web series is using to gather stories from across America. Participants get their shot at fame by sharing their wisdom with the camera outside of Paris Gibson Museum.Editorial Producer, Ashley Castle defines an Aha Moment as, "A moment of clarity, a defining moment where people gain wisdom that can be used as a catalyst to change your life." While being in front o...
    We’ve all had them - a time when the “light bulb” in our head flicks on or as some call it… an "Aha moment…" That's the phrase the web series is using to gather stories from across America. Participants get their shot at fame by sharing their wisdom with the camera outside of Paris Gibson Museum.Editorial Producer, Ashley Castle defines an Aha Moment as, "A moment of clarity, a defining moment where people gain wisdom that can be used as a catalyst to change your life." While being in front o...
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.