Allen Chrisman

Almost out of the woods for Fire Season 2020

Cross-posted from Facebook . . . Well, we are almost out of the woods for Fire Season 2020 in the Northern Rockies. We have areas of dry fuel with potential in Eastern Montana, although the forecast is for normal fire potential across the Geographic Area. Our rainfall in Northwest Montana on September 24 and 25 provided significant relief, but the… Read more →

Wildland Fire Potential Outlook – issued September 1, 2020

Well, there is Good News and Not as Good News in this Month’s Wildland Fire Potential Outlook! The Good News is that Montana is now not forecasted for an “Above Normal” September as it has been in the past two Outlooks. The “Not as Good” News is that things are critically dry across the State. Energy Release Components, an indication… Read more →

Wildland Fire Potential Outlook – issued June 1, 2020

Here is the weblink for the current outlook: https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf As I said, the Outlooks issued June 1 and July 1 give us a much better picture of how the fire season might shape up.  And, it is not looking good for Northwestern Montana.  We are forecast to have a more active than normal fire season in July, August and September…. Read more →

2018 September/October/November National Wildland Fire Outlook

2018 September/October/November National Wildland Fire Outlook

There is good news in the September/October/November National Wildland Fire Outlook that resonates with what we have seen in the North Fork. They accurately captured the season-slowing event we had on August 27 where we had widespread precip of 0.20” to 0.50” and snow on the mountains. As you all saw, that coupled with seasonal trend to shorter burning period,… Read more →

Fire Training: photo by Allen Chrisman

Fire Training at the Hall

Great turnout for the Fire Training at the Hall last Thursday with some 25 people in attendance! Gary Mahugh did an excellent job going over some of the fundamentals. Thanks to Dick Leigh for being the energy behind this. And thanks to Janet Leigh for the potluck pulled pork main dish! We’ll be thinking about hosting a similar session next… Read more →