MONTANA, July 26, 2017 - With numerous fires breaking out across parts of Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a fire emergency for the state.
The flames have charred more than 350 square miles, consuming ranches and hay supplies, as blazes continue to rage across eastern Montana where extremely dry conditions persist. The declaration permits Bullock to move additional state resources and the Montana National Guard into the firefighting effort. He can also expend funds to meet contingencies as needed, according to his press release.
Thus far, firefighting crews and equipment from 34 states are helping out. The Lodgepole Complex, which includes three fires that destroyed about a dozen homes in northeastern Montana, was only 5 percent contained as of Monday night.