Thanks for All the Smoke, California and Washington!
California is just one of the states sending smoke from wildfires into Western Montana. (NWS/USFS Photo)
Forest fire smoke is coming from huge fires in northern California, along with fires that have continued to grow in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The satellite photo from this weekend (see photo) shows the wind pattern that first brought thunderstorms and some rain has also brought smoke into the area.
Meanwhile, in the Bitterroot National Forest, the Lost Horse Fire has not grown in the last few days and remains at 59 acres, according to Information Officer Tod McKay. He said personnel have been released from that fire, though the fire will continue to be monitored with road patrols and air flights.
The recent thunderstorms caused a number of lightning caused fires to pop up west of the valley in Idaho's Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. The Moose Creek District, for instance, had four new fires and all are being attacked by smokejumpers and local initial attack firefighters. However, there are at least 12 fires that will be allowed to burn to meet resource objectives, officials said. The largest is the 170-acre Dolph Fire on the Powell Ranger District.
Fire danger in western Montana ranges from High to Very High. Be very careful with campfires!