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Aug 8, 2012 12:47 AM by Q2 News

Quiet day from South-Central Montana fire lines

SOUTH CENTRAL MONTANA - Good news from the fire lines tonight as fires remain quiet across South-Central Montana in spite of a red flag warning.

That doesn't mean this summer's fires haven't already done quite a number on our state.

Official said the number of large wildfires in our region represent 10 percent of the total number of fires reported statewide but they account for nearly 90 percent of the total acres burned.

The staff at the Interagency Northern Rockies Coordination Center tracks fires, acreage, and costs of every wildfire season.

Their latest report shows three complexes - the Ash Creek/Southeastern Montana Complex, the Rosebud County Complex, and the Sarpy Hills Complex - account for 80 percent of all the burned acres in Montana to date.

All of these fires - ignited by lightning - have been fueled by extreme weather, and fed by tinder-dry fuels.

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