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Missoula forum to discuss lessons from 2017 fire season

(MISSOULA)- It's not the worst fire season Montana has faced.

But the summer of 2017 could be a forecast of fire seasons to come. 

Over one million acres burned across Montana this year, driven largely by five or six major fires which scorched 50,000 to more than 100,000 acres and the Lodgepole Fire in Eastern Montana which consumed 270,000 acres of forest and open range land. It's considered the worst fire season in a decade or more. 

A special forum tonight will discuss the challenges, and lessons learned from the volatile 2017 fire season.

"Living with Fire" will bring together a panel of fire managers and specialists to to discuss not only the past season, but the trends which could impact future summers here in Western Montana. The forum is sponsored by "Treesource", a new online magazine dealing with forest issues. The forum starts at 7 in the UC Theater on the University of Montana campus and is free and open to the public. 

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