UPDATE -- 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. The National Weather Service is predicting wet thunderstorms with the potential for flash flooding Thursday and Friday that could continue through the weekend. The southern Bitterroot Valley could be hardest hit.
Montana Senator Steve Daines toured the Frenchtown Face Timber Project on Wednesday, and spoke with area forest stakeholders about the future of federal lands access and the historically extreme fire danger evident in Montana.
Forest fires west of Montana in Oregon and Idaho were less active Friday, due to the weather, but they are expected to continue to spread smoke toward the Bitterroot Valley as the days return to hot and dry conditions.