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Tester, Bullock Tour Lolo Fire Damage

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LOLO - Surrounded by thousands of acres of burned forest, Senator Jon Tester and Governor Steve Bullock saw first hand just how powerful this fire is.

"Look , this is a very serious fire, it's the top fire in the country right now," Tester said.

"Making sure these folks have the resources and resources are very thin because there's fires going all over the west, but making sure they have the resources is critically important."

Along with resources, the rapid growth of the fire worries the two lawmakers.

"Even from when I was here Monday to now, to go from an estimated 3,500 acres to 8,500 acres, and as it goes forward, I mean this is significant," Bullock said.

Bullock and Tester met with incident commanders from several agencies to hear what crews are doing to fight the flames.

So far, this fire cost $2.6 million to fight. Tester says he will keep pushing for federal funding to support fire prevention.

"It costs money to fight forest fires, there's no ifs ands or buts about that, and that's why we need to take a look at all those budgets," Tester said.

On a state level, Governor Bullock ordered 110 National Guardsmen to assist law enforcement with point protection, allowing already limited resources fire resources to focus on the front lines of the fire.

"Because the last thing that we should have to have, is an incident commander saying 'we can't do anything because of the dollars'. Now, there's certainly still resource challenges and getting additional resources into the fire that's now the number one priority fire in the nation, but we'll do everything we can on the stateside to say the question of resources is not a question," Bullock said.

Bullock says just as fire crews for together on the front lines of blazes, it's important for federal and state officials to work together in securing funding.

"I'd also note that it's heartening that federal, state, local, officials are all working  well together and even though we're in the midst of a tragedy like this, is when they say, we've never worked better together before because that's how we do best in Montana is when we're working together," Bullock said.

This is not the first time the Senator and Governor have toured disasters in Montana together.

A few weeks ago, they toured a farm in Gallatin County where the crop was severely damaged by hail and strong winds.

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