Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

Governor Steve Bullock announced today he’s committing $1.5 million of state fire suppression funds for various forest restoration and fuel reduction projects.
Josh Burnham (CC-BY-2.0)

Governor Steve Bullock announced today he’s committing $1.5 million of state fire suppression funds for various forest restoration and fuel reduction projects.

Montana State Forester Bob Harrington says this is a great use of that money:

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.
National Weather Service Missoula

A Red Flag Fire Weather Warning is posted for Tuesday afternoon for most of northwest and west-central Montana.

Montana's Current Water Supply and Moisture Conditions by County
Montana DNRC

Montana’s fire season has been ‘pretty benign’ so far and it’s not expected to get much worse. That’s how Harold Gemmell characterized it today to the Governor’s Drought and Water Supply Advisory Committee.

Gov Bullock and U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie after the Good Neighbor Agreement signing.
Corin Cates-Carney

Governor Steve Bullock signed an agreement today with the U.S. Forest Service aimed at speeding up the work targeted at reducing fire danger and disease on federal land.

Flathead Area Fire Managers are predicting a "normal" fire season.
BLM (CC-BY-2.0)

Fire managers in the Flathead Valley are predicting a normal summer in terms of wildland fires. They outlined those predictions at a meeting at the Office of Emergency Services in Kalispell today. "Normal" still means crews from several agencies will probably respond to a few hundred fires in northwest Montana this season.

  

Montana’s gubernatorial candidates took only a short break in their campaigns after the June 7, 2016 primary election.  Two days later they were back in Billings to talk about public lands, access to those lands, and guns.

Governor Steve Bullock rolled out his agenda at Riverfront Park near the banks of the Yellowstone River.

Greenpeace Russia volunteer Sofia Kosacheva (4th from left) and Grigoriy Kuksin, head of Greenpeace Russia’s Fire-Protection (3rd from left) spent part of Monday with Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation staff in Missoula.
Edward O'Brien

A delegation of Russian firefighters and conservationists is in Montana getting a western perspective on forestry and fire management. The delegation spent part of Monday with Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation staff in Missoula.

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.
U.S. Forest Service Northern Region

A new survey suggests conservation and national parks are as close to a bipartisan issue as you’re ever going to find in Montana.

"This is a time when things are politically divisive, but what’s really important when it comes to support for national parks and conservation, there's an agreement in the state,  it’s an area of agreement on all sectors of politics."

Mike DeGrosky is Montana's Fire and Aviation Bureau Chief.
John Owens/BLM

Montana may be in for a "typical" fire season, but officials say that’s not the same thing as an "easy" fire season. Montana’s Fire and Aviation chief for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation says most signs point to a “normal” fire season this year.

Live and beetle killed trees in the Helena National Forest.
Steve Jess

State officials say the new kinds of forest management tools the Farm Bill gave them are good for both Montana’s forests and the state’s economy. But some environmentalists say those claims are dubious at best.

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