More than 1.5 million acres in Montana have burned in recent weeks, both on public and private lands, and firefighters could see a break soon.
The Pacific Northwest has seen more than 60 active wildfires in nine western states in recent weeks, according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). Currently, 20 of those are in Montana alone.
Firefighters could soon see a break. Snow is expected to fall in the area, bringing moisture to the drought-stricken area.
“We’re expected to get a little bit of moisture this week and form a rain on the Plains,” said Randy Nemetz from Northern Ag Radio Network.
The summer-long drought created the perfect tinderbox for wildfires. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, half of the state is in the combined categories of D-3 and D-4 drought, the direst conditions.