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2012 wildfires cost taxpayers $580,000,000

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New numbers are out on last year's historic fire season.

Folks at the National Interagency Fire Center say wildfires in 2012 cost tax payers $580,000,000 dollars.  About $30,000,000 was spent battling blazes in Montana.  Fire officials compare last year's fire season to the great fires of 1910, which is considered the worst fire season on record.

This year the biggest blazes were in New Mexico, California, and next door in Idaho.  But Montana saw some pretty significant fires.  Especially East of the Continental Divide, in Gallatin County.  All in all, fires scorched 1,100,000 acres in Montana, that's an area nearly the size of Delaware.  In Custer and Gallatin County alone, fires consumed nearly 350,000 acres.  Fire officials say of the 62 blazes in the Gallatin National Forest last year, 29 of those were lightning caused, And 32 were caused by humans.


Story by Beartooth NBC.
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