State and federal experts braced Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte at his annual fire briefing Wednesday for a potentially severe stretch of wildfires this year.
Gianforte said he’s been hearing from eastern Montana farmers and ranchers worried about the lack of rain heading into summer.
“All signs point to above normal fire activity in Montana this summer,” Gianforte said.
Meteorologist Colleen Haskell with the Northern Rockies Coordination Center said 600 mostly human caused wildfires have burned roughly 32,000 acres across Montana since January.