WR WEEKLY NEWS

Wildfire expenses hit record levels, Montana remains in Flames

Largely overlooked by the media, fires continue to burn in the Northwest U.S. The USDA shows the cost of fighting wildfires topped $2 billion in 2017, a new record. Agriculture Secretary Perdue is using the new figures to reevaluate the U.S. Forest Service budget. Although farmers and ranchers have been battling flames for months, additional fires are possible. Ranchers have met to figure out how to save as many acres as they can. Experts say the only way to end the 2017 fire season will be fall and winter rain and snowfall in the mountains.

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