Here's a news item from the Associated Press: POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) ― Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter's office is seeking federal assistance for victims of a southeastern Idaho range fire that destroyed 66 homes and 29 outbuildings. Otter on Tuesday toured ground charred by the now-notorious Charlotte Fire, which left a moonscape of concrete foundations and torched houses when it roared into life near Pocatello June 28. Otter says state, county and city officials are busy exploring options for financial help from Washington, D.C. The Republican governor, who normally eschews too much gratitude to the federal government, promised locals affected by the fire that he'd exhaust every opportunity to secure aid to help the community rebuild. Otter was particularly struck by the 1,040-acre fire's hit-or-miss nature, seemingly to destroy one house at whim while leaving another nearby standing and intact, with no damage.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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