Fire Mitigation

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 →

July/August/September Wildland Fire Potential Outlook

Greetings!   Here is the July/August/September Wildland Fire Potential Outlook issued today.  No big change here: https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf While we have appreciated the moisture we received lately, we are still behind in overall precipitation for the year.  And while there is probability of showers in the forecast, I’m thinking things are going to dry out – and probably quickly by late July. … Read more →

June 2019 Large Fire Potential Outlook

Northwestern Montana (including the Flathead) is forecasted for  above normal large fire potential starting in mid-July and continuing through August into at least mid-September. So, it has the potential to be a busy fire season in the North Fork.     Click on the link below for the report. Allen Chrisman https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf

October 1 Wildland Fire Potential Outlook

Here is the October 1 Wildland Fire Potential Outlook:  https://www.nifc.gov/nicc/predictive/outlooks/monthly_seasonal_outlook.pdf Not much of a surprise here.  As I was discussing with Lynn Ogle last week, we haven’t had a “season-ending” event, but the door is slowly closing on the fire season in the North Fork.  Note the forecast for warmer temperatures and below average snowpack for the Northern Rockies over… Read more →

Living with Fire on the North Fork

Following is an article that was sent by our good North Fork neighbor, Karina Pettey… Saturday, August 11, 2018: Lightning punctuated local radio chatter as my neighbors tried to pinpoint strikes from the predicted dry storm. Using lightning app technology and line of sight, they worked to identify potential areas to watch for smoke. For now, darkness shrouded the forest… Read more →