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H.Con.Res. 298 (ih) Expressing deepest condolences to the State and people of Florida for ...
Agreed to July 23, 1998
One Hundred Fifth Congress
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-
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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