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

By RYAN ZINKE
Former US Secretary of the Interior 

Nonpartisan Solutions for Wildfire Prevention and Forest Restoration

 

August 11, 2021



As I write this article, wildfires have once again covered much of Montana in a thick layer of unhealthy smoke. There are 25 active fires burning 250,000 acres from Hardin to Troy. Even if you don’t see the flames, the smoke and poor visibility is hard to ignore. Yet, ignoring the issue and letting politics get in the way of action is exactly the problem in Washington, DC.

Last year, fires across the west burned a record 10+ million acres and nearly 18,000 structures. The cost to taxpayers was in the billions and the loss of life and habitat tragic. Unfortunately, we are on track to sur...



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