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Firefighting Costs Montana $10 Million

Sep 21, 2020
Originally published on September 21, 2020 6:41 pm

This year 1,876 fires have burned more than 406 square miles in Montana.

The price tag to date on Montana’s share of this year’s fighting costs is $10 million, according to information Bullock shared at a news conference Wednesday.

He said while 50 some homes and some people’s means of livelihoods burned, Montanans have been fortunate that no lives have been lost to the burns at home.

"It’s still significant for the communities that have been impacted, that homes have been lost," Bullock said.

Fire starts this week have been relatively light. Bullock said that’s enabled the state to maintain its readiness and initial attack capacity while responding to the firefighting needs of our western neighbors.

"At the same time we have also sent several engines and command vehicles to California through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact as well as mobilizing several engines to Oregon and Washington," Bullock said.

Bullock reminded Montanans to do their part in keeping fires from starting as 75 percent to this year’s fires have been identified as human caused.

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