Northwest Montana Fires

Well Fire Season is Well under Way.

The last I heard the East Glacier fire was 5000 acres, the Elk Meadow fire on the Flathead National Forest is huge and effecting air quality all the way up to Eureka Montana. It also seems like there is fires in British Columbia and we expect lightning on Friday. It does not Look Good.

This Fire Season in Northwest Montana is Very Bad ~ in My Opinion Normally, fire season would just be getting under way,
but drought has put most of the state two
to three weeks ahead of schedule
and more hot, dry weather is forecast.


Northwest Montana Fire Updates Below

Along the southern edge of Glacier National Park, the No. 3 firefighting priority had spread over about 16,000 acres (6,475 hectares), or some 25 square miles (64.75 sq. kilometers), and was only 5 percent contained. A lodge was evacuated and residents of several homes had been urged to leave.

The No. 4 priority was Montana's largest wildfire, west of Augusta, which had claimed 39,220 acres (15,872 hectares), or 61 square miles (158 sq. kilometers), and was just 3 percent contained Wednesday, officials said. Authorities had ordered 27 homes evacuated and ranchers moved cattle to safer pastures.

The No. 1 priority for firefighters Wednesday in the West was a blaze in the Gates of the Mountains Wilderness north of Helena that had blackened more than 20,700 acres (8,377 hectares), or about 32 square miles (83 sq. kilometers).

Residents of 60 homes southeast of Wolf Creek were evacuated Tuesday, adding to residents of at least 60 other homes that were evacuated earlier.

The fire was moving north toward Holter Lake, a popular recreation area, and through a wildlife management area. It was about 25 percent contained, officials said.

The Boise-based fire center, the government's logistical support center for fighting wildfires nationwide, ranks large blazes according to the threat they pose to life, property and natural resources, center staffer Tim Swedberg said Wednesday.

Fire managers representing several federal agencies meet twice daily to select those fires that will have first call if additional firefighters or equipment are needed, Swedberg told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

The No. 2 priority fire had covered only about 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) in western Montana but had led to the evacuation on Tuesday of about 40 homes in the West Fork of Cramer Creek. It was only 10 percent contained Wednesday and was threatening power lines and other structures, officials said.


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BROWNING, Mont. - A major wildland or forest fire is burning uncontained on the southern edge of Glacier National Park and has moved into the Blackfeet reservation, forcing evacuations of lodges, homes and other areas on and off the reservation. ... More of Article at

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