Forget about Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall – here in western Montana we have Hunting season, Ski season, Rainy season, and Fire season. The latter, of course, is no fun at all and it is just around the corner.
A meteorologist says Montana will likely see more fires and smoke-filled skies this year than we saw last year. Michael Richmond of the National Weather Service says a warm July is predicted which will melt the snowpack and raise the fire risk. Richmond says climate patterns could cause smoke from fires in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Northern California to settle in northwestern Montana.