Viewpoint: "Extreme heat and wildfires are aggravated by greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. Since the 1980s, the number of acres in the US burned by wildfires has increased three-fold, and climate change has caused at least half of this."
Several large fires are burning in Idaho, including the Moose Fire burning north of Salmon, the Four Corners Fire burning in the Payette and Boise national forests outside of Cascade and the Ross Creek Fire burning in the Sawtooth National Forest south of Alturas Lake.
The air quality in Hamilton has reached “very unhealthy” levels while Missoula remains listed as “unhealthy,” though a change in weather patterns could reveal the western Montana sky, at least temporarily.
The White House has unveiled a new website intended to provide local and state governments and businesses with information about climate-driven events and data, including real-time information about droughts, floods, wildfires and extreme heat.
Fire crews continue to keep watch over two fires burning in wilderness areas near Missoula, though the days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and officials believe the end of the 2022 fire season is near.
After a clear summer with blue skies and record temperatures (10 days at or above 100 degrees), the smoke finally found its way to the Missoula Valley, largely stemming from the Trail Ridge fire at the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.