Fire on the Mountain

Fire on the Mountain

Wicked Creek Fire Fire season arrived in our neck of the woods yesterday. There have been a bunch of big fires burning west of us, over by Missoula, but until now we’d managed to duck the worst of it. A lightning strike set of a small blaze Friday afternoon and yesterday, the winds kicked up and it blew. Those aren’t clouds in the photo, it’s smoke. And you can’t really see from my point-and-shoot, but the clouds of smoke were tinged a weird orange from within, from the gasses burning inside them. Very spooky.

And this morning we’re swimming in a thick layer of smoke. I actually woke up in the night and had to close the windows because the smell of smoke was so strong. The sun came up an orange ball this morning, and the air is quite awful. The weather forecast shows a few isolated storms tomorrow and Wednesday, but if they come with lightning, they’re almost more trouble than they’re worth.

2 thoughts on “Fire on the Mountain

  1. I would hate to live where there is a risk of forest fires (no such danger here in Brittany where it’s too wet to light a BBQ)and I watch the news reports with dread when they flare up

    Nature sometimes benefits from the clearing of dead wood, I’ve heard, but when the fires are started deliberately then I despair of we humans

    I hope the fires are soon extinguished and that no lives are lost before then

  2. These fires were both started by lightning, and although it means we all live with blackened hillsides for a bit, there’s no doubt that there’s too much old fuel up there, and the fires will clear things out (plus we’ve now got 10,000 acres of new morel territory next spring). The biggest problem is for the wild animals, whose habitats are so limited that the loss of big acreage in the wilderness areas severely limits their abilities to feed themselves, and in the case of the bears, leads to increased bear-human interactions (which too often lead to bears being put to death for becoming acclimated to human food sources).

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