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Wildfires Grow Fiercely, Ash Falls in Parts of Montana

Wildfires across western Montana grew again on Thursday, as afternoon wind increased and humidity dropped.  Smoke will become more visible again tonight with the worst air quality through the overnight hours into the morning....

Red Flag Warnings Conditions Expected for Several Days

Fire activity has had significant growth this afternoon and evening, and the smoke has increased as well generally through the western and central areas.  Air quality will deteriorate overnight as the wind settles and...

Fires Do Not Like Cool Temps, But Love Wind and Low Humidity

Chilly temperatures across the state this morning created favorable conditions for firefighters.  Fire behavior quiets down in chilly temperatures, as humidity rises.  Over the next few days, windy and dry conditions will spread across the...

Storms and Smoke Spread Across Big Sky Country

A weather pattern change over the weekend will shift smoke around, blowing out some British Columbia smoke but could fan the flames of Montana's wildfires.  Nasty air has been settled west of the Continental...

Big, Smoky Differences Across Big Sky Country

A tremendous difference in smoke conditions was clearly visible between Helena and western Montana, compared to Great Falls and most of central and eastern Montana.  Smoke and haze are hung up along and west...

Big Smoke from British Columbia

British Columbia has had so many wildfires that a State of Emergency was declared weeks ago.  The fires and the smoke continue, and most of the smoke over Montana's Big Sky is coming from our...

Fire Danger and the Temperatures Heating Up Again

Another cold front will bring a wind shift and an increase in wind intensity, however this event will not be as strong as last week's fronts.  Some fire growth is possible through Tuesday as...

Deja Vu – Erratic Wind Shift Elevates Fire Danger

Just like Tuesday night, a strong cold front will move through Montana on Friday.  Strong wind and a signficant shift in wind direction will occur with this front.  Much cooler weather will follow, also similar...

What a Difference a Day Makes

`Last night's wind shift could have been disastrous, pushing some wildfires toward Lincoln and Seeley Lake.  However, firefighters worked in anticipation of the wind shift and minimized the growth through the critical fire weather...

Wicked Wind Shift to Create Extreme Danger Near Wildfires

A cold front moving through the state will create a significant and strong wind shift.  Northeast wind will likely push area wildfires in the opposite direction which they have been burning.  Wind near Lincoln...

Wildfires Create Worst Air Quality of the Summer

Happy Monday, Yuck!  Wildfires in western Montana are growing and emitting tons of smoke into the air.  Air quality has been the worst it's been over the last few days, with smoke filling the sky....

Lots of Heat and Activity for the Last Weekend of July

Happy Thursday, An aerial picture over the Sapphire Complex comprised of the Sliderock, Goat Creek, and Little Hogback Fires show multiple smoke plumes.  The largest fire continues to be the Lodgepole Complex in eastern Montana which...

A Brief Break in the Heat and Fire Danger, But Damage is Done

A rancher from Sand Springs, Montana searches for his cattle through the Lodgepole Complex Wildfire.  The largest fire in the country this year continues to burn in eastern Montana, with more than 250,000 acres...

The Heart of Summer and Wildfire Season

Good Monday Evening, The Lodgepole Complex Fire has now burned over 226,000 acres.  This is the largest fire burning in the United States, and the largest fire so far this year.  This blaze is located...

Explosive Fire Conditions Through Tonight and Friday

EXTREMELY DANGEROUS FIRE BEHAVIOR AND WEATHER. A RED FLAG WARNING continues for most of Montana through Friday evening.  A dry cold front will move through Montana tonight.  This front has kicked up winds which have...

Drought disaster declared in 28 counties, 5 Indian Reservations

HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock Wednesday declared a drought disaster throughout Eastern Montana. The Executive Order covers 28 counties and five Indian Reservations. Wednesday's order expands an earlier drought disaster declaration covering 19 counties and two...

New Fires & Worsening Fire Conditions

Good Wednesday Evening, It's about to get worse before it gets better.  Tuesday night's thunderstorms and lightning strikes created new wildfires on Wednesday.  Afternoon winds fanned smoldering areas into several new full blown wildfires.  A...

Air Quality and Fire Danger Getting Worse

Happy Tuesday, New and current wildfires in Montana continue to spread smoke through our sky.  However, most of the smoke is coming from larger fires in British Columbia.  Dense smoke is just north of the...

Fire Season in Full Swing

Happy Monday! Wild weather over the weekend in the form of thunderstorms and wind have created new wildfires here in Big Sky Country.  Thunderstorms created lightning strikes that smoldered, eventually creating fires when the wind...

Excessive Heat Watch This Weekend, But Cooler Air is Coming

An EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH has been issued for parts of Montana on Saturday.  A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for northeast Montana for Friday as dangerous fire weather conditions will develop.  Heat and...

The Dog Days of Summer and Another “Better” Heat Wave

Happy Wednesday! Wildfire season is here across the West.  While the map may look impressive, fire behavior and the number of fires are fairly typical for this time of year.  The number of fires emitting...

Wild Thunderstorms with Lightning Break the Heatwave

Hallelujah! The heatwave is broken!  After record highs over the weekend with temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s, thunderstorms have cooled down the temperatures on Monday.  Some towns still hit 90+, but...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING until 3:45pm

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING has been issued for Jefferson, Madison, and Silver Bow Counties until 3:45pm.  The storm will move northeast toward Boulder, Canyon Ferry, and Townsend.  This storm has the potential of 60mph+...

After Record Heat, There’s a Brief End to the Heatwave Coming

Happy Friday! The heatwave continues, and a few records were broken and tied today.  More records will likely be set this weekend as the temperatures only get hotter.  A HEAT ADVISORY has been issued for...

Oh Mother Nature: Earthquakes, Wildfires, Heatwave, Wild Wind, Thunderstorms…

Thursday, Oh Mother Nature!  Montana has just about seen it all recently.  As the aftershocks continue to rumble, the heat wave and fire danger remain as well.  The July Fire has shifted with the...