Wildfire and Climate Change in Montana

An editorial in the Independent Record explores the link between climate change and wildfires in Montana. This editorial, written by three lead authors (Cathy Whitlock, Kelsey Jencso, and Nick Silverman) of the 2017 Montana Climate Assessment (MCA), discusses the record-breaking wildfire season in Montana, the role that a changing climate plays, and what to expect in the future. Fire risk is also a key topic explored in the forest chapter of the 2017 MCA and is likely to continue to be of great importance across Montana.