Wildfire

2017 fire season costs exceed $2 billion

By Mike Beacom Summer 2017 may be remembered years from now for its devastating hurricanes, but it has also proven to be yet another record-setting fire season. Federal wildfire spending has increased steadily over the past three decades, but even more rapidly over the past five years. Two years ago, the Forest Service spent a…… Continue reading →

Montana CDs play critical role in wildfire recovery

By Laura Demmel Wildfires continue to take their toll across the West, sweeping through forests, grasslands, and communities. Some 80 wildfires in the United States have burned over 942,000 acres already this fire session. Nearly half of those acres are in Montana. The great loss to landowners in land and assets, as well as the…… Continue reading →

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