Montana Public Radio reports that fire managers in the Flathead say while June held steady at average fire danger, July and August could ramp up to above normal fire potential. Lincoln Chute says northwest Montana is currently looking at similar conditions to this time last year. Read the full article here.
Come join neighbors and friends at Sondreson Hall on Thursday, July 12th at 9:30AM to learn how to protect your North Fork home. Watch fascinating videos and power point presentation by Stoltz Lumber’s Mark Boardman on thinning the forest around a home, and making open spaces for wildlife. Then travel to the Ulrichsen property, and see… Read More »
Montana Public Radio has an article that begins… Montana has just over $4 million in its firefighting reserve fund at the start of what’s expected to be ripe conditions for a substantial fire season. That means the state is significantly short of having the cash on hand needed cover the costs of even an average… Read More »
The Flathead Beacon reports that a soggy Montana may still be recovering from spring flooding after one of the snowiest winters on record, but state officials are preparing for what is forecast to be an above-average wildfire season starting next month. Department of Natural Resources and Conservation officials and the Montana National Guard scheduled a briefing Thursday… Read More »
Sarah Vowell has an opinion piece in the New York Times that begins… Here in the Mountain West, there are no longer four seasons, only two: winter and wildfire. (Unless you’re a tourist, in which case: ski season and fly fishing.) Read the full article here.
Montana Public Radio has a report that begins… Have you ever walked around in a recently burned forest? One of those areas where perhaps last summer you saw flames leaping out or smoke billowing? If not, I urge you to go out and take a look at this unique environment. I had never spent any time… Read More »
Here is a note from Allen Chrisman, NFLA’s co-chair for the Fire Mitigation Committee… Here is the link to the June National Wildland Fire Outlook: https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf There is essentially no change from the May Outlook for Northwest Montana. I do see some indication that we might not have an extended season into October which would be… Read More »
The Missoulian has an article that begins… While still very early in Montana’s wildfire season, officials told lawmakers this week that current conditions are similar to what they were this time last year, and long-term forecasts are cause for concern. Read the full article here.
Montana Public Radio has an article that begins… Even as floodwaters submerge swaths of western Montana, fire scientists and land managers are thinking a season ahead to when fires will bloom on the landscape. They’re trying to educate the public about a paradoxical concept: Putting fire back on the landscape to avoid smokey summers like… Read More »