The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

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Million acres scorched by 2017 wildfires


October 11, 2017

Dry conditions plagued Montana this summer, with multiple wildfires torching over 1 million acres throughout the state.

The largest fire, the Lodgepole Complex fire, impacted over 270,000 acres. Recent rain and snow, and the forecast for continued precipitation, help to suppress the fires and provide welcome relief for Montana residents.

Fires aren’t too uncommon in Montana, but this year’s fire season has been different. Spring brought plenty of moisture from an abundant snow-pack and provided adequate moisture for grass growth. The moisture quickly depleted leaving most of the state...

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