Montana faces scarce firefighting resources amid drought

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In this Wednesday, June 16, file photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, the Robertson Draw fire burns, south of Red Lodge. Montana faces a shortage in firefighting resources amid historic drought conditions that could lead to a record breaking fire season, state officials said on Thursday, July 15. 

FILE – In this Monday, June 14, 2021 file photo, provided by the Custer Gallatin National Forest, the Robertson Draw fire burns near Red Lodge, Mont. Montana faces a shortage in firefighting resources amid historic drought conditions that could lead to a record breaking fire season, state officials said Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Custer Gallatin National Forest via AP, File)

IRIS SAMUELS Associated Press/Report for America

HELENA — Montana faces a shortage in firefighting resources amid a historic drought that could lead to a

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