Bob Harrington http://mtpr.net en Wildfire funding holding strong, but fire season is not over yet http://mtpr.net/post/wildfire-funding-holding-strong-fire-season-not-over-yet <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Montana’s State Forester Monday said the state’s wildfire suppression fund still has the vast majority of the funding provided to it by the 2013 Legislature.</span></p><p>"I think we're doing relatively well, certainly compared to last year," State Forester Bob Harrington said.</p><p>So far in 2013, the state is sitting at a little less than $2 million dollars in estimated fire costs, out of a wildfire suppression fund of about $20 million. 810 fires have been reported so far, burning 43,000 acres.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:50:16 +0000 Dan Boyce 6151 at http://mtpr.net Wildfire funding holding strong, but fire season is not over yet Rain delaying start of fire season across much of state http://mtpr.net/post/rain-delaying-start-fire-season-across-much-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State wildfire experts are saying heavy spring rain in Eastern Montana is lowering the risk for an extreme fire season across much of the state.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leaders of state and federal agencies dealing with wildfire suppression briefed Governor Steve Bullock this week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce tells us those officials are still expecting much more severe conditions in Southwest Montana</span></p><p></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:14:56 +0000 Dan Boyce 3371 at http://mtpr.net Rain delaying start of fire season across much of state