Wyoming, Montana Fire Season Slow

Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming and Montana are enjoying a relatively calm wildfire season so far this summer.

Wyoming State Forester Bill Crapser and Montana State Forester Bob Harrington report fewer fires and less acreage burned this year.

They cite good late spring and early summer moisture and fewer dry lightning storms.

Crapser says there was little fire activity in the state until mid-July. Normally, the fire season starts in mid-June.

Montana State forester Bob Harrington says the state has spent only about $2 million fighting wildfires this year compared to spending some $50 million last year. In 2007, Montana had to call a
special legislative session to deal with its firefighting costs.

However, there's still time for fires this summer as the fire season in both states typically runs through September.