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August 23, 1999
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal funds have been made available by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help Texas battle the uncontrolled Reese Creek fire located in Bell County. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the state's request for federal fire suppression aid was approved over the past weekend immediately after it was reported that the blaze posed a threat to 25 homes in the Mountain View subdivision of Bell County. The fire, which started last Saturday, had burned about 1,000 acres of land at the time of the request.