Tag Archives: fire

FEMA denies Montana’s request for $44M in disaster aid after historic fire season

By | January 12, 2018

The Missoulian reports that the federal government has denied Montana’s disaster relief request for $44 million in the aftermath of the 2017 fire season that burned more than 1,500 square miles. Montana Public Radio reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Gov. Steve Bullock’s request for additional aid in late December. Read the full story… Read More »

Fighting Fire with Fire

By | December 8, 2017

The Flathead Beacon has a story that begins… In the mountains of western Montana, amid heavy breaths, radio chatter, banter and clanging gear, firefighters with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes climbed to a crest to light a fire. Their yellow-and-green uniforms, initially camouflaged by dried grass and trees, contrasted with the trench they dug into… Read More »

NASA Video Shows How Far Wildfire Smoke Travels

By | November 20, 2017

Montana Public Radio has a fascinating video that uses data from NASA satellites, combined with mathematical models in a computer simulation that allows scientists to study the physical processes in our atmosphere. It really shows how the smoke from our fires this summer spread and became incorporated with the flows from sea salt and dust. Read the… Read More »

Collaborative Group Seeks Consensus After Montana’s Summer Of Smoke

By | November 6, 2017

Montana Public Radio has an article that begins… Wildfires burned more than a million acres across Montana this year, making it one of the most expensive fire seasons since 1999. While the smoke has cleared, the debate over wildfires and forest management is ongoing. Some Montana lawmakers are blaming what they call “environmental extremists” who’ve managed… Read More »

Get Used To Wildfire, And Rethink ‘Natural Processes,’ Panelists Say

By | October 26, 2017

Montana Public Radio has an article that begins… Across the state this summer, tens of thousands of Montanans had to face the challenge of living with big wildfires. Some people lost their homes, two firefighters lost their lives, and businesses, schools and individuals were impacted, in ways ranging from the mildly inconvenient to the life-changing. Read the… Read More »