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Aug 15, 2012 6:55 AM by MTN News

Rehberg views eastern Montana wildfire devastation

COLSTRIP - It's only August, but Montana's wildfire season is far from over.

In fact, for many victims in eastern Montana who watched the flames tear through their homes and property earlier this summer, the rebuilding process is just beginning.

Tuesday afternoon, Montana Congressman Denny Rehberg gathered together representatives from a myriad of federal agencies in Colstrip to meet with local ag produceers and property owners who suffered losses in the fires.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on what programs are available to help victims recover from their losses.

Among the agencies represented were the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Bureau of Indian Affairs , the Small Business Administration, the Farm Service Agency, the Bureau of Land Managemetn and Montana's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Rep. Rehberg took time out from the meeting to hop on a helicopter to see first hand the devastation left behind from the recent Rosebud and Sarpy Hills Complex of fires.

Q-2's Dustin Kleemann and Kyle Benton traveled to Colstrip Tuesday to hear from local residents. Click on the video to see their report....

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