The Flathead Beacon reports that the long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them. The federal government spent more than $2.7 billion on firefighting in its most recently finished budget year, a record that far… Read More »
Forest System Road #114 Trail Creek /Graves Creek is now open. It was closed for public safety due to fire activity from the Gibraltar Ridge and Weasel Fires. The road closure began at Tuchuck Campground and extended through the Kootenai National Forest to Graves Creek (Milepost 8.8 – 14.8). The area closures in upper Trail… Read More »
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 »