Tag Archives: fire

Park Canada: Kenow Fire ‘Out of Control’

By | September 15, 2017

The Daily Inter Lake reports that the Kenow Fire ravaging Waterton Lakes National Park has been classified as “out of control,” Parks Canada said in a press release late Thursday morning. Since Tuesday, the fire has grown from 28,170 to nearly 89,000 acres, about 139 square miles. The park’s townsite at the north end of Upper… Read More »

Poor Air Quality Could Outlast Weekend Rains

By | September 15, 2017

The Daily Inter Lake says… Some days, the smoke is so thick that when Orville Baumjartner looks out his window, he can’t even see the mountains just east of his Columbia Falls home. “This is pretty bad. I think it’s worse this year than other years,” he said. “It bothers my eyes. I just feel like I… Read More »

Montana Senators Support Sperry Chalet Rebuild

By | September 15, 2017

The Hungry Horse News reports that the effort to eventually rebuild the Sperry Chalet got bipartisan backing last week from Montana’s two senators. “Sperry Chalet was one of the most unique and treasured places in the entire Park. Although we can never fully replace the original Sperry Chalet and its rich century of history, I strongly… Read More »

Cooler Weather Calms Fires Across Northwest Montana

By | September 15, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that colder temperatures and precipitation are giving firefighters the upper hand on a number of large wildfires across Northwest Montana. The transition into autumn is underway with cooler temperatures and moisture arriving this week. Temperatures in the Flathead Valley on Thursday were dropping 15-20 degrees from recent days, and precipitation was expected… Read More »

Forest Service Spends Record $2 Billion Battling Forest Fires

By | September 15, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that the Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling forest fires around the country — a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons. Wildfires have ravaged the West this summer with 64 large fires burning across 10 states as of Thursday, including… Read More »

Waterton Fire Grows to 86,000 Acres

By | September 14, 2017

The Daily Inter Lake reports that the Kenow Fire has nearly tripled in size this week as high winds stoked the blaze that is ripping through Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta. According to a Parks Canada press release on Wednesday afternoon, the Kenow Fire now covers an area of approximately 86,000 acres. It was estimated… Read More »

Scorching Summer

By | September 14, 2017

The Flathead Beacon has a special article that begins… Montana went from waterlogged to wilted this summer after a wet winter and spring gave way to record dry spells, rapidly roasting the landscape and enabling one of the most severe fire seasons in the state’s history. The challenging fire season has led to lost homes, historic structures… Read More »

Forecasted Winds Prompt Evacuation Warning for Apgar, West Glacier

By | September 14, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that authorities are issuing pre-evacuation warnings for Apgar and West Glacier as firefighters battling the Sprague Fire in Glacier National Park prepare for a dramatic shift in winds later this afternoon. Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said law enforcement would begin going door-to-door at 12 p.m. alerting residents to prepare for the… Read More »

US West’s Wildfires Spark Calls to Thin Tree-choked Forests

By | September 14, 2017

The Flathead Beacon reports that wildfires that are blackening the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire seasons have ignited calls, including from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, to thin forests that have become so choked with trees that they are at “powder keg levels.” The destruction has exposed old frictions between environmentalists and those… Read More »