President Clinton Declares a Major Disaster Exists in The State of Idaho
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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For  Immediate Release                                         September 1,
2000


 PRESIDENT CLINTON DECLARES A MAJOR DISASTER EXISTS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO

     The  President  today declared a major disaster exists in the State of
Idaho  and  ordered  Federal  aid  to  supplement  state and local recovery
efforts in the area struck by wildfires on July 27, 2000, and continuing.

     The  President's  action  makes  Federal funding available to affected
individuals  in  the counties of Bannock, Boise, Clearwater, Elmore, Idaho,
Jerome, Lemhi, Lewis and Power, and the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

     Assistance  can  include  disaster  housing, grants, low-cost loans to
cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and
business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

     Federal  funding  is  also  available on a cost share basis for hazard
mitigation measures.

     James  L.  Witt,  Director  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), named William Lokey as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal
recovery operations in the affected area.

     The Agency said that damage surveys are continuing in other areas, and
additional  assistance  and counties may be added after the assessments are
completed.

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