Fire season gets started in Montana

Montana has been slower than Utah, Nevada, and Idaho for wildfires, but they are underway now. Story in New West.

Web page for the new Patengail Creek Fire, NW of Dillon, Mt.

Photo of Patengail Creek fire.

Web page for the Ahorn fire.

Web page for the Fool Creek fire. This fire is not being activily fought, but being managed to improve resources in the Bob Marshall Wilderness.






  1. Mikeh Avatar

    check out the Glacier webcams:

    Is there a fire in Glacier? I’m assuming this is from Washington/Oregon/Idaho.

  2. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    It’s probably smoke from the fires in the Bob Marshall Wilderness to the the south of Glacier NP

  3. Mikeh Avatar

    I contacted the park today. Looks like it’s smoke from the Oregon/Washington fires. The info attendant didn’t sound very pleased with the situation.

  4. Ralph Maughan Avatar

    That’s the way it will be the rest of the summer unless there is an unusual mid-summer shift to wet and cool (the last time I remember that happened in Idaho and Montana was 1992).

  5. Mikeh Avatar

    That’s what I am expecting. Bummer, but that’s nature right now. It was like this last late July/August too, until mid September. Definitely circular polarizer time.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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