[pct-l] Forest Fires

Lonetrail at aol.com Lonetrail at aol.com
Tue Sep 12 14:23:34 CDT 2006

Lack of Troops to fight forest fires. 
The war against terrorism or for overseas oil  means fewer National Guard 
troops may be  available to fight wildfires in the drought stricken Pacific 
Northwest this  summer, state and Defense Department officials say. 
National Guard troops help during major wildfires, but nearly 60% of  Montana’
Troops are in Iraq,  all the Oregon National Guards Chinook helicopters are 
in Afghanistan, and 40% of Idaho’s 4,300 troops are  deployed overseas, state 
officials say. 
Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer recently asked that all troops be returned  to 
fight fires to National Guard Commander Lt. Gen H. Steven Blum. 
Oil means more then  trees 

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