Statement on Signing the Temporary Emergency Wildfire Suppression Act
I have signed S. 2641, the ``Temporary Emergency Wildfire Suppression Act.'' In
practical terms, this legislation will facilitate assistance from
Just yesterday, I directed the Secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior, with participation from the Secretary of Defense, to survey the fire-fighting areas and report back to me as soon as possible with a plan to help control this critical situation.
The 1988 forest fire season is among the worst ever experienced by this Nation. Over 68,000 fires have burned over 3.8 million acres of forest and rangelands. Drought conditions are particularly severe throughout the forests and rangelands of the West, and more fires are expected until significant amounts of rain or snow are received.
Greater Yellowstone Area, including
The large number of fires has severely taxed fire-fighting forces from the Federal natural resource agencies, the Army, the National Guard, State forestry agencies, forest industries, and others. Thousands of fire fighters have been on the lines for over 3 months.
I applaud the leadership and members of both the House and Senate for their rapid passage of this emergency legislation. I will take every action possible to control the remaining fires and prepare for the fires that may yet come.
The White House,
Note: S. 2641, approved September 9, was assigned Public Law No. 100 - 428.