Montana Outdoors

August 27, 2007

Chippy Creek sleeps tonight

At one hundred thousand acres, it looks like this fire will not grow larger now, but inside the perimeter some of it will probably continue to burn until the snow comes.

The southwest corner from five miles away:

Chippy Creek fire

The northeast corner from twenty+ miles away:

Chippy Creek fire

These last two large plumes of smoke are over fifteen miles apart, and the forest that was between them has all burned.

I will spend tomorrow morning on a high trail five miles to the west of the fire where the country is still wild and green. On my list for later this summer was a hike through the high country in the middle of the area that has burned. I’m sad that the hike won’t happen now, and seeing that country as it was just a month ago won’t be possible now for another hundred years.

This area was a special place for me, and was the scene of a post I wrote some time ago, Howard.



  1. I remember that post. Your photos are almost as beautiful as your tribute.


    Comment by Pinhole — August 27, 2007 @ 8:56 am

  2. Thanks, Pinhole. I’ll miss that part of the forest a lot.


    Comment by montucky — August 27, 2007 @ 5:40 pm

  3. never again. good that you have all those memories. I remember years ago when yellowstone had that really large fire. Our family had been up there not too many years prior and I remember feeling that it would “never be the same”.


    Comment by silken — August 27, 2007 @ 9:09 pm

  4. I guess it’s one of the problems of being a mortal: you don’t live long enough to go through all of nature’s cycles. Today as I hiked, across the canyon from the fire, the forest was lush and green and luxuriant, but even there at the base of some huge firs there were burn marks from a fire that burned who knows how many years ago. If we don’t do anything stupid to the burned area, in a mere five generations that forest will be tall and green again.


    Comment by montucky — August 27, 2007 @ 10:25 pm

  5. wow… five generations. Ahh well maybe socrates is right maybe we do have a soul that lives longer than that.


    Comment by aullori — August 27, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

  6. At some level, Lori, I think we do.


    Comment by montucky — August 28, 2007 @ 12:03 am

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