BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- For the second straight year, Montana has had a calm fire season.

The Northern Rockies Coordination Center estimates that fire has burned 55,000 acres this year in Montana. That figure is up from 48,912 acres a year ago, but just a fraction of the 10-year average of 429,698 acres that burn.

National Weather Service officials tell The Billings Gazette the wet spring helped keep fire activity down.

The largest fires were the 16,500-acre Rat Patch fire and the 12,000 acre Raven fires that burned together about 48 miles north of Winnett in late August. No buildings were lost.

The Davis fire in the Helena National Forest near Lincoln burned 2,015 acres and eight structures. It began as a prescribed burn that burned out of control.


Information from: Billings Gazette,

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