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Mount Sentinel in Missoula will be closed Monday, August 13 due to fire danger during the Pearl Jam concert at Washington Grizzly Staduim that night.
Nick Mott

Update 6:25 p.m.

A new wildfire was reported at about 3 p.m. about 7 miles west of the town of Plains, just off of Highway 200.

Firefighters work the lines on the Garden Creek Fire during the night of August 8, 2018.
Inciweb


The people evacuated from one house due to the Garden Creek Fire north of Hot Springs yesterday were allowed to return today. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Fire Prevention Specialist CT Camel says crews burned around the house at the bottom of 5,000 Road, put a line around it and dropped retardants.

The fire (the biggest currently burning in Montana) was last reported to be just over 2,000 acres after it grew substantially from 524 acres Tuesday.

The U.S. Forest Service and Montana DNRC work to plant more than 13,000 whitebark pine seedlings in the Swan Mountain Range as a cooperative post-burn restoration project on June 18, 2018.
Nicky Ouellet / MTPR

After a wildfire, forest managers know that a forest can and will bounce back on its own. Still, the U.S. Forest Service doles out millions of dollars each year for post-burn restoration and rehabilitation.

Fire Danger moved to "Extreme" in much of western Montana this week.
Josh Burnham

A wildfire burning north of Hot Springs on the Flathead Reservation grew substantially over the past 24 hours, leading to the evacuation of one home.

The Garden Creek Fire is now listed at over 1,840 acres. According to Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal fire prevention specialist CT Camel, that’s a 1,300-acre growth spurt since yesterday.

Air Quality Update for Western Montana, August 8, 2018

Aug 8, 2018
USDA Forest Service

Today's air report courtesy of Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist Ben Schmidt:

Under the current high pressure ridge the smoke started to stack up in the county earlier this week. Based on Tuesday's satellite imagery a lot of the smoke impacting Western Montana was from the Cougar Creek and Crescent Mountain fires of Washington, fires in northern Idaho, Canada and others. In the satellite pictures you could see the Washington smoke heading almost due east then take a hard right turn to travel south through western Montana.

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