Posted: Aug 8, 2012 6:48 AM by MTN News
BILLINGS- There's some good news from the fire lines as the blazes remained quiet across South-Central Montana on Tuesday, in spite of a red flag warning.
That doesn't mean this summer's fires haven't already done quite a number on our state.
Official said the number of large wildfires in our region represent 10% of the total number of fires reported statewide, but they account for nearly 90% of the total acres burned.
The staff at the Interagency Northern Rockies Coordination Center tracks fires, acreage, and costs of every wildfire season.
Their latest report shows three complexes - the Ash Creek/Southeastern Montana Complex, the Rosebud County Complex, and the Sarpy Hills Complex - account for 80% of all the burned acres in Montana to date.
All of the fires, that were ignited by lightning, have been fueled by extreme weather, and fed by tinder-dry fuels.