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2000-05-11 04:00 - News Release

Washington, DC -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President Clinton has ordered federal emergency aid for New Mexico because of the extreme threat to populated areas posed by the wildfire outbreak in the north-central part of the state. FEMA Director James Lee Witt said the President took the action early this evening after the agency reported that fire had consumed several thousand acres of land and was forcing the evacuation of the entire city of Los Alamos.