Excellence in Voting December 10, 2018
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said they were “hand-in-hand” in wanting to improve national forest management.
Zinke is familiar with wildfires as a former Congressman from Montana.
In 2017, fire suppression costs ran close to $400 million in Montana, including about $62 million of state dollars. The state received eight federal grants that paid for 75 percent of eligible costs for fires, such as Alice Creek northeast of Lincoln, Lolo Peak in the Bitterroot Valley and the Lodgepole Complex in eastern Montana.