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        H.Con. Res.298
                                         Agreed to July 23, 1998        

                       One Hundred Fifth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE SECOND SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,
the twenty-seventh day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-

                          Concurrent Resolution


Whereas during June and July 1998, wild land fires destroyed 
  approximately 500,000 acres of land in northeast and central Florida, 
  having an aggregate value of more than $276,000,000;

Whereas the fires have affected 67 counties in the State of Florida;

Whereas the President of the United States issued a major disaster 
  declaration for the State of Florida;

Whereas the fires have damaged at least 367 homes and 33 businesses;

Whereas the fires have caused business closures and have aggravated 
  drought conditions, which will have a long-term impact on the economy 
  of the region;

Whereas the fires have caused injuries to at least 95 people, the 
  majority of whom are firefighters;

Whereas approximately 7,000 firefighters from 46 States have braved 
  extreme conditions to assist firefighters in Florida in fighting the 

Whereas many agencies of or established by the Federal Government, 
  including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Forest 
  Service, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, 
  AmeriCorps, the Small Business Administration, the General Services 
  Administration, the National Guard, the American National Red Cross, 
  and the Civil Air Patrol, have contributed vital support functions in 
  response to the fires; and

Whereas many State and local government agencies have also contributed 
  vital support functions in response to the fires: Now, therefore, be 

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), 
That the Congress--
        (1) expresses deepest condolences to the State and people of 
    Florida for the losses suffered as a result of the wild land fires 
    occurring in June and July 1998;
        (2) expresses support to the State and people of Florida as 
    they overcome the effects of the fires;
        (3) commends the heroic efforts of firefighters from across the 
    Nation in battling the fires; and
        (4) commends the many agencies of or established by the Federal 
    Government and the many State and local government agencies that 
    have contributed vital support functions in response to the fires.

                                 Clerk of the House of Representatives.


                                               Secretary of the Senate.

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