By BRETT FRENCH
The Billings Gazette
July 11, 2011
Here’s the positive side to the record moisture that Montana has received in the past seven months: The fire danger is average to below average.
“Everywhere I go, everyone wonders what I’m going to do with all my firefighting folks because they think there’s not going to be a fire season in the Northern Rockies,” said Bob Harrington, state forester for the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, the state’s wildland firefighting arm.
Harrington said high-altitude to mid-elevation fires that have burned for a long time, such as Montanans saw as recently as 2006, are unlikely.