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With a second year of drought conditions and record high summer temperatures Montana’s wildfires have been contained. Thanks to quick initial attack often by local firefighting crews about 95% of fires were contained in a summer that hit other western states including California, Washington and Oregon. Just since July 1st, firefighting activity has cost the state $54.3 million compared to $24.5 million last fiscal year which ended in June. The 10-year average is $23 million.

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