Drought in Montana led multiple wildfires in eastern Montana burning more than 400 square miles of pasture and cropland. In all, the state has seen more than 575 square miles burn in the past few weeks.
The largest fire is the Lodgepole Complex fire, it has burned 270,200 acres as of Friday, July 28 at 10:00 a.m. MST. The Lodgepole Complex fire is currently at 80% containment, according to National Interagency Fire Center.
In the past two weeks there have been 23 wildfires listed by the National Interagency Fire Center in Montana totaling 368,127 acres. Besides the Lodgepole Complex fire, the other fires have ranged in size from 44 acres to 28,957 acres. Many of the other wildfires are taking place in national forests like eight in Lolo National Forest, four in Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, two in Beaverhead/Deerlodge National Forest, one in Bitterroot National Forest and one in Custer Gallatin National Forest.
The Northern Plains region of the U.S. has an elevated risk of wildfires after dealing with drought for much of the spring and summer.