Judge to weigh limits for aerial fire retardant in wildfires

An aircraft drops fire retardant in 2021 to slow the spread of the Richard Spring fire, east of Lame Deer, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether to severely limit the government’s use of aerial fire retardant to combat wildfires following arguments Monday by environmentalists who are concerned about water pollution.