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so yeah throw in the fires in idaho,washington,oregon and cali and canada and good deal of the northwest is on fire with air quality being the worst ive seen in my ten years in this state . cant use any motorized machinery like lawnmowers chain saws or comparable tools after 11 am i think.
More than 4,000 firefighters have been involved in the battle against the fires this season; two of them lost their lives fighting fires in western Montana. That is the third-largest acreage burned by wildfires in Montana in more than two decades. The total number of wildfires so far this year is 1,687. Of those, 748 were lightning-sparked, and 939 were caused by people/vehicles. The number of acres burned by lightning-caused fires is 922,506; the acres burned by human-caused fires is 110,295. This year, the total so far is 1,032,801 acres burned. That's not far behind the record year of 2012, when an estimated 1,220,646 acres burned. 2006 ranks as the second-worst year during that time period. The cost of fighting the fires has reached about $284 million so far in 2017; an estimated $53 million of that came directly from the state budget, and the rest from federal monies.