Fires in western Montana as seen from space

satellite photo west montana wildfires

This satellite photo was taken the afternoon of July 31, 2017, showing smoke from fires in western Montana. The red dots represent heat detected by the sensors on the satellite. The labels were created by Wildfire Today.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, Bill Gabbert now writes about it from the Black Hills. Google+

6 thoughts on “Fires in western Montana as seen from space”

  1. So horrible. I am a California resident. We have had several of our own recently. Hopfully our Fire Fighters will help you. Be safe. I will pray for you.

  2. My thoughts exactly Fran!
    I just saw on the Montana Standard that yet another firefighter was critically injured this afternoon today on a fire in Montana. Falling snag on the Lolo Peak fire. Prayers for this young person and safe wishes to all the fire fighters. Thank you for what you do!

  3. My son, Alex and his wildfire fighting crew, have been on loan from Canada this past two weeks to assist where required. They have been overwhelmed by the kindness and thanks they’ve been receiving from the local residents and firefighters.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and crew of the brave person who was lost today.

    1. Bless you folks from Canada that have come here to help us!! I have many friends in Canada and there isnt enough kind words to say how greatful we are. Our state has been forgotten by our government! But Canada doesnt forget!! God bless you all and thank you!!

  4. What you are seeing is a small portion of our fires all started from what we call dry lighting which means a thunderstorm with no rain. The fires in Montana by itself has consumed 1/4 of all the acreage that has been lost this year nationally. With all the fires around us the smoke is so thick you can not see the mountains only 15 miles away. In fact you only see western Montana but Central and Eastern Montana are having there fires as well. Last night i drove all the way across Montana the smoke stretched all the way to South Dakota before it let up. Been a really bad year for us. From all of the residents of Montana we are vary grateful for all the fire fighters working on our fires as well as Idahos. Thank you all for your prayers.

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