Wildfire season will vary across Montana
Fire officials are telling us tonight that different regions of Montana will have varying wildfire seasons this year.
Hot and dry weather means fire fighters are keeping a close eye on conditions, but turns out, some areas in the state are in for a worse time this year than others.
We found out recent rain is expected to keep the season in check in Northwest and Western Montana, but we found a different story in Southwest Montana.
We've already covered brush fires in that area, and hot weather means more is on the way.
Rick Moore is a service forester with the department of natural resources and conservation.
He told us to remember everything is just a prediction, as changing weather patterns affect the season.
“The latest fuel moisture data and expected weather this week support a delayed start in Northwest Montana and North Idaho panhandle,” said Moore. “We've had enough moisture as of late that we will have a delayed fire season. We will still have one it will just be delayed.”
Moore also said they rely on weather information and statistics from previous years to make their projections.