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Large wildfires cost Montana more than $95M this year

November 10, 2018

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Montana had 35 wildfires that each burned more than 100 acres (40 hectares), costing the state more than $95 million this year.

The Daily Inter Lake reports the Northern Rockies Coordination Center recorded 1,239 fire starts that accounted for the loss of about 150 square miles (388 square kilometers) during the state’s fire season.

This year’s damage fell below the 2017 fire season that resulted in more than 2,000 square miles (518 square kilometers) of land burned.

According to the center’s year-to-date report, nearly 900 of the fire starts were caused by people, but the 400 lightning-caused fires accounted for more than three quarters of the total land burned.

The cost of fighting wildfires that burned less than 100 acres has not yet been released.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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