DNRC preparing for potential above-average wildfire season

DNRC preparing for potential above-average wildfire season

News Type: State Source: Missoulian
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While still very early in Montana’s wildfire season, officials told lawmakers this week that current conditions are similar to what they were this time last year, and long-term forecasts are cause for concern.

State forester Sonya Germann told the Environmental Quality Council that both fire starts and acres burned are far below average for this time of year. The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation is currently completing preseason maintenance and inspections and has trained more than 3,000 firefighters, she said.

“We’re in a very similar position as this time last year,” she told the committee in terms of the slow fire season.