Council to revise forest action plan Montana’s wildfire season stretches longer and burns more severely than in decades past. The state’s average fire season is 40 days longer than it was 30 years ago and the average number of acres burned has increased 15-fold in the last 20 years. Gov.
Shared Stewardship Blurs Lines, Priorities On National Forests Public comment ends this week on a Forest Service project near Whitefish which proposes to use so-called “good neighbor authority” to collaborate with the State of Montana. It’s a new approach that could mark a shift in which parties get a say in managing national forests.
‘Firefighter’ Or ‘Forestry Tech’? And Why It Matters Here’s a riddle: When is a wildland firefighter not technically a firefighter? Answer: When he or she works for the federal government. That’s because the feds designate them as “forestry technicians.” That irks many firefighters who put it all on the line as a changing climate means… Read More »
Here’s an update from Bill… I got a note from Jeremy Harker, Glacier Park’s Acting FMO, that they could start this project as early as today in Big Prairie. Once ignited, he said, the burns should be completed in 3-4 days. Smoke should be light and short term each day… ——— Glacier National Park is… Read More »
“Normal” fire season outlook for Western Montana The “new normal” could still mean a worse fire season that you would have expected 20 or 30 years ago.