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By Amy Gannon
Montana DNRC 

Occurrence of bark beetles following wildfires



Douglas Fir Bark Beetle (USFS Photo)

The wildfires of 2017 took a direct toll on millions of trees across the Montana landscape. In some cases, trees on the periphery of these fires and in areas of lesser severity were merely scorched. Although these scorched trees may not die outright, they could be poised for attack by a variety of beetles. Partially burned Douglas-fir are particularly susceptible to Douglas-fir beetle.


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