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August 10, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal funds have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help New York State battle the uncontrolled West Point Fire Complex located in Orange County. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the state's request for federal fire suppression aid was approved last night immediately after it was reported that the fire posed a threat to the town of Cornwall and about 200 acres of Palisades State Park. The fire had burned 1,500 acres of land at the time of the request.