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Otter issues disaster declaration for wildfires

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has issued a state disaster declaration for Elmore County and other parts of the state impacted by significant wildfire activity, allowing firefighting resources from various parts of the state to be tapped to help respond. Already, fire engines to protect structures have been sent from Boise Meridian, Eagle and Donnelly to help protect homes in Pine and Prairie, which have no formal fire protection districts. The disaster declaration means the state can process requests to fund those efforts.

“This declaration means we can tap in to the collective strength of the state of Idaho,” said Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security Director Col. Brad Richy.  “We thank Governor Otter for his support and we will stand side by side with the impacted county to make sure they have the resources they need.” Click below for the full BHS news release.

Geddes, acting guv, signs three disaster declarations

Disaster emergencies have been declared by the governor today for three Idaho counties - Adams, Idaho and Valley - due to flooding. But those declarations weren’t signed by Gov. Butch Otter; he’s on a trade mission to China. And they weren’t signed by Lt. Gov. Brad Little - he’s in New York with state Treasurer Ron Crane, on Crane’s annual trip to negotiate the state’s bond ratings.

Today’s acting governor is Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes, who’s been filling that role since Sunday and will continue until mid-day tomorrow when Little returns.

In addition to signing the disaster declarations, Geddes presided today over a special meeting of the state Board of Examiners.

Geddes said he figures he’s served as acting governor 30 or 40 times in the last 10 years. If he’s not in the state, the role falls to the Speaker of the House. Said Geddes, “You can do about anything you want as acting governor, but you’d better not do too much.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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