Sept. 26, Tuesday, at 8:00 AM – Sprague. From the Park this morning… 16,790 acres. Crews are monitoring fire activity and progression as the fire slowly backs downslope. Crews will activate the hose lays and sprinkler systems installed on trails between the Sperry Trailhead and Johns Lake area to moisten fuels in anticipation of increased fire… Read More »
Montana Public Radio says… Both state and federal governments have spent a combined $378 million this year battling blazes. This was the most expensive fire season in Montana since at least 1999, when adjusted for inflation. Montanans may need to prepare for similar wildfire seasons in the future. Read the full article here.
The Flathead Beacon reports that scientists are studying the effects hazardous smoke had on residents in and around Seeley Lake due to wildfires that raged in the area. KGVO-AM reports Air Quality Specialist Sarah Coefield says her department reached out to the University of Montana for help in studying the people who suffered so long in… Read More »
Montana Public Radio has an article that begins… Montana’s first-ever climate assessment says this past summer may be a vision of the state’s future due to climate change. “Montana is going to get warmer and the warming is going to be greater than in a lot of parts of the United States and the world,” says Cathy Whitlock, the… Read More »
The Hungry Horse News reports that over the past week the Kenow Fire in Waterton Lakes National Park in Canada burned roughly one-third of the land mass in the Park and about 70 percent of its forested area, Glacier Park Superintendent Jeff Mow said last week. Having spoken to his neighbors to the north, he said… Read More »
KPAX.com reports that as several fires still burn in Montana, the weather during the last week has helped dampen the second worst fire season since the mid-1990s. Firefighters have gone from fire suppression to rehabilitation and mop-up, according to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Read the full story here.
The Daily Inter Lake reports that Montana’s average temperature continues to increase, leading the fire and growing seasons to last longer and causing drought conditions to increase in frequency and duration, a new report said. The Montana Climate Assessment , carried out by the Montana University System’s Institute on Ecosystem, suggests Montana may need to start storing… Read More »
The Hungry Horse News reports that with cooler, wetter weather finally arriving in Montana, another historic fire season appears to at least be setting itself to simmer, if not completely out. The largest fire was the Lodgepole Complex near Jordan at 270,723 acres. The largest local fire was the Rice Ridge Fire, which burned near Seeley… Read More »
The Hungry Horse News reports that while rains have helped the Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park, firefighters continue working to stop it from reaching the Going-to-the-Sun Road. The fire’s leading edge, along the flank of Mount Brown, was about a quarter-mile from the road. The fire saw about a quarter-inch of rain Monday on its… Read More »