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Significant Wildland Fire Potential August 2018.
National Interagency Fire Center

A five-acre fire started around 4 p.m. Wednesday near Alberton. Lolo National Forest spokesperson Boyd Hartwig says the fire is burning mostly grass, and that it’s not yet known if the fire is human-caused.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For July 30, 2018

Jul 30, 2018
The Lee Creek fire burning near Lolo Hot Springs was spotted July 29, 2018 from a Forest Service detection flight.
Lolo National Forest

 


Updated and corrected: 5:35 p.m., 07/30/18

Twenty fires have flared up in the Kootenai National Forest, all caused by lightning from weekend storms.

Most of the fires are only burning a few acres, but the Davis Fire is now reported at 1,000 acres in size, according to a post on the Kootenai National Forest Facebook page. A fire spokesperson told MTPR Monday afternoon that the Davis fire was only 50 acres.

Smoke from the Bacon Rind Fire fills the sky, July 26, 2018.
Inciweb

Wildfire activity was minimal in Montana today, but a fire weather warning is in effect until 9 p.m for the Lolo National Forest area from Drummond through Missoula and to Thompson Falls, including Seeley Lake.

Corby Dickerson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service says issuing the warning gives a heads-up for those doing initial attack on wildfires.

Flood Warning Issued For Great Falls, Cascade

Jun 20, 2018
Numerous flood highlights continue across portions of North Central and Southwest MT. The flooding is likely to last several days in some areas. There is the potential for additional flooding later this week with more precipitation and runoff.
National Weather Service, Great Falls, MT.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Missouri River between Cascade and Great Falls on Wednesday, leading residents to move belongings to higher ground and start sandbagging. Others were already surrounded.

Flooding in Augusta, MT, June 19, 2018.
Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Heavy rain falling along the Rocky Mountain Front over the last several days has triggered flooding and road closures in and around the town of Augusta, and closed all the roads into the town.

A levee on the Clark Fork River near Turah, MT eroded by floodwater, May 20, 2018.
Inciweb

Missoula’s historic flood season is still going strong, but the worst of it may be over.

First, the good news as delivered Monday by Missoula National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Kitzmiller.

A road closed sign in a flooded Missoula neighborhood, May 12, 2018.
Inciweb

Flooding continues to be a concern on rivers and streams across western and central Montana. In Missoula, evacuation orders are still in place for 65 homes, with warnings posted for an additional 2,200 more. But there’s at least a glimmer of good news for the Clark Fork River above Missoula.

The flooded Clark Fork River in the Schmidt Road area of Missoula, May 15, 2018.
Missoula County

When the weather gets dramatic, the big-picture descriptions come out: a 50-year storm, a hundred-year flood, a thousand-year floodplain. But it can get confusing when the numbers don't really mean what they sound like to the non-statisticians among us who hear them.

For example: a hundred-year flood doesn't mean that it's breaking a 100-year-old record.

A sign at the flood information trailer in Missoula, MT, May 11, 2018.
Josh Burnham

The Clark Fork River above Missoula today receded by over two feet from Friday night’s high of 13.82 feet; its highest crest since 1908. But that doesn't mean the worst of the flooding is behind us.

"Even though the rivers have gone down now, lets not be complacent cause they’re going to be headed right back up Thursday through Saturday,” says National Weather Service Meteorologist Bob Nester.

Clark Fork River in Missoula, May 9, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Update: 9:25 p.m. 

New evacuations due to flooding have been ordered near Missoula tonight. According to a post from the Missoula County Sheriffs Office, "three homes on Harper’s Bridge Road are now under an evacuation order, while 10 additional homes on Harper’s Bridge Road have been put in evacuation warning. A road block has been established on Harper’s Bridge Road and Lavoie."

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