As of Wednesday morning there were 15 active large fire incidents in Montana. There have been over 2,310 fire starts in Montana burning around 871,000 acres. Since Governor Greg Gianforte’s fire briefing the week before Wednesday there have been over 100 new fire starts. Officials estimate approximately 51 residences have been lost this year to date. The largest fire burning in Montana today is the Woods Creek Fire at 55,000 which is 90% contained. The top priority fire in Montana today is the Trail Creek Fire at 51,800 acres, which is 29% contained.
Wednesday’s fire briefing for the governor was from fire management professionals at the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Director Amanda Kaster was on Voices of Montana.