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Montana’s muted 2022 fire season fizzles

Early summer moisture and unstrained resources for aggressive suppression kept Montana’s 2022 fire season mostly quiet, but hotter and drier climate trends that portend increasing wildfire intensity are still in store for the future.

Tracking Montana’s 2022 fire season

As precipitation and cold weather in October bring the 2022 fire season to a close, MTFP has shifted this page to archive status, summarizing the available data on how the state fared throughout the summer.

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The display below includes the last reported updates provided for the 2022 wildfires that were tracked by the Inciweb incident information system and may exclude fires that aren’t reported through that system. In some cases information for specific fires may be incomplete where agencies haven’t updated Inciweb entries.

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