Here’s the latest Montana fire news, as of Thursday morning.
Driest summer since ’29: The massive sigh of relief from firefighters, evacuees, sheriff departments, and just about everyone else comes with a question. Rain, what took you so long?
Snow in the forecast: Up to a foot of snow could fall at Beartooth Pass beginning this evening, as a large system of colder, wetter weather is expected to bring rain and high-elevation snow through Saturday afternoon.
Hunkering down: Wild critters can’t heed health agency warnings to take refuge indoors from the pall of wildfire smoke smothering the West. They’re stuck outside, coping with bad air quality much as they deal with weather extremes throughout the year.No rest for firefighters: Approaching rain or not, firefighters and managers are keeping shoulders to the grindstone. The most recent mandatory evacuation came in Sanders County at the Sheep Gap fire, between Plains and Thompson Falls, in the Highway 200 Complex.