Smoke from fire in Washington creating concern in Montana

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Smoke from the Wolverine Fire in north-central Washington travels into Idaho and northern Montana Sunday afternoon. (click to enlarge)

Smoke from the Wolverine Fire in north-central Washington is creating some concern in northern Montana. Some residents smelling the smoke that is blowing into Idaho and Montana are assuming the fire is nearby, but it is actually 300 to 600 miles away, depending on where you are in Montana. Some people in the state are searching for phrases on the internet such as “current Montana wildfire”.

At this time, there are no large, active fires in Montana, except for the Reynolds Fire in Glacier National Park which occasionally sends up a burst of smoke when a patch of vegetation burns out. Some residents in the state could be smelling that as well, since it was putting up some smoke on Sunday and merging with the Wolverine Fire smoke.

More information about the Wolverine Fire on Wildfire Today.

Below are two smoke maps. The first documents the distribution of wildfire smoke as of 4 p.m. MT, August 2. The next is a forecast for smoke at 8 p.m. MT, August 2.

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Map of wildfire smoke at 4 p.m. MT, August 2, 2015.
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Smoke forecast for 8 p.m. MT, August 8, 2015.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

2 thoughts on “Smoke from fire in Washington creating concern in Montana”

  1. Why is there so much smoke in the Missoula Valley? I see on the map that the smoke is going north, but it is quite unpleasant down south, too.

  2. Yeah, but did you see that moon rise tonight? Amazing, up here in North Central Montana at least.

    I wish I could take a picture like you Mr. Gabbert, it would have been a good one.


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