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

By Harrison Raine
Writers on the Range 

We Can Act Now to Fight Wildfires - Follow Colorado's Lead


March 24, 2021

For the 2021 fire season, the writing is on the wall. The West, despite a few days of intense winter, is far drier than it was leading up to last year's record-breaking fires.

As a hotshot crewmember, the reality of what's to come fills me with two distinct thoughts: money and dread. With my financial stability tied to overtime pay, I know that my pockets will be full when I am laid off next winter. But the unrelenting fires that stand between now and then make me nervous.

I also know that I am not alone. Across the West, people in homes and communities are filled with anxiety as they loo...

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