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9/5/20, 10:10 p.m. -

The Bridger Foothills Fire grew to 11,000 acres in the Bridger Mountains northeast of Bozeman and is 0% contained. Smoke is visible throughout much of the Gallatin Valley. The fire started near what’s locally known as the 'M trail'. Evacuations and road closures are in effect in the area.

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A smoke plume from a new wildfire in the Bridger Mountains northeast of Bozeman could be seen throughout much of the Gallatin Valley Friday afternoon.

After near record-breaking heat this weekend, a significant cold front will bring a dramatic change to much colder, near record-breaking cold on Monday and Tuesday.
National Weather Service Missoula

The state is bracing for yet another round of dangerous wildland fire conditions Saturday, which will soon be followed by unseasonably cool temperatures.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Corby Dickerson says the weekend weather forecast is "gonna be a tale of two different weather patterns."

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A cold front that swept across the state yesterday fanned several fires that threatened neighborhoods and entire towns. Most evacuated residents are now back in their homes. Damage reports are still incoming. Here's a recap of Montana’s biggest fire day yet in the 2020 season.

Montana Wildfire Update For September 02, 2020

Sep 3, 2020

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Update: 09/02/20, 10:30 p.m.

Fast moving wildfires prompted evacuations in several areas of central and eastern Montana Wednesday.

Fires west of the Divide were mostly quiet today, with cooler temperatures and precipitation helping to keep them in check.

Firefighters are responding to two new fire starts visible along Highway 200 east of Paradise. Sanders County officials say firefighters have kept the fires under a half-acre each. Crews from around the area are on scene.

Map of the proposed Mid-Swan project area, which stretches from just south of Swan Lake to Condon, MT.
Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement last week, moving one step closer to finalizing a 15-year logging and fire mitigation project in the Swan Valley. But critics say the Mid-Swan project, which covers an area larger than Flathead Lake, violates federal law due to the project's lack of specificity.

Cloudy skies, wetting rains and significantly cooler weather had a calming effect today on fires burning in Montana and central Idaho.

There was little new to report on Montana fires today. Most of the large fires in the state showed little growth as crews worked to take advantage of milder weather conditions to strengthen containment lines and mop up hotspots.

But don't let your guard down, because fire season isn't over yet. That relatively mild weather is expected to change this weekend. Much of western and central Montana is under a Red Flag order for Saturday, meaning an imminent critical fire weather pattern is occurring.

Air quality is rated as “moderate” in much of central and eastern Montana today. Smoke from wildfires burning in western Montana, Idaho and California has been hanging over the region this week, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s Fire and Smoke map. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality advises unusually sensitive people to consider limiting prolonged outdoor activity when air quality is rated “moderate.”