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Wildfire Awareness Week Kicks off in Montana

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MISSOULA - Communities across the state take part in "Wildfire Awareness Week" to educate Montanans about protecting their homes preventing fires.

State officials said in many western states, people live in fire-adapted environments, where wildfire is a vital part of the ecological process.

They said wildfires have been suppressed over the past century, leaving many forests overcrowded and unhealthy.

Current research shows longer and more intense wildfire seasons are connected to climate change.

Research also shows 85% of wildfires between 2001 and 2011 were human-caused.

"Wildfires do happen in Montana, and it's important to plan, prepare, and prevent wildfires and so that your family can be safe," said Crystal Beckman of the Montana DNRC.

Governor Steve Bullock made remarks at a Wildfire Awareness Week kick-off event in Helena on Tuesday.
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