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State reaches cost-sharing agreement with feds for fire costs

State reaches cost-sharing agreement with feds for fire costs

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Birdseye fire

A DNRC helicopter drops water on a wildfire along Birdseye Road near Helena in April. 

Through a cost-sharing agreement with the federal government, the state will save $9.2 million in wildfire suppression costs for this year's season.

The savings come from a cost-sharing agreement between the state Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the federal government.

With the cost-sharing, the state will spend $47.5 million from its fire fund for the 2022 fiscal year, a press release from the governor's office said Wednesday.

The state entered fire season with the fire fund at its statutory limit of about $105 million. The state has seen more than 2,500 fires that burned more than 935,000 acres this year, the press release said.

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