Today we’re also having a little rain, the last that is forecast for at least the next week. I don’t relish the idea of hot, dry weather coming. On the news this morning a story reported that now Montana has more land on fire than anywhere in the US, over 200,000 acres.
I’m sorry that so much of your state is burning, but that’s interesting. I haven’t heard anything about fires in Montana here-all we hear on the news is about the Colorado and New Mexico fires. You would think they would have at least mentioned that 200,000 acres were burning in Montana!
So far the fires here, although very large, haven’t taken the toll on homes that the ones in Colorado, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico have. So far also they have been east of the Continental Divide, but our time here is coming I know. It’s very dry at the lower elevations. Today I was up over 7000 feet and it’s still nice and green up there, fortunately.
We have had lots of days with rain, but not a lot of volume right here. Other parts of northwest Montana had record rainfall for June. The downside is of course that after a wet spring a week or two of heat and a little wind create near-perfect fire weather.
Especially when you are on mountain tops. Several times each summer I hike to a tall peak near here and many times I have been up there when small storms were floating around and I was able to see them from above.
Just a few drops made it across the river from that little shower, but we did had a nice rain later that night. Every bit of rain helps, but when it gets hot and dry here for a few weeks, the fire conditions quickly become extreme.
A beautiful photo. When I lived in LIberia, we never could see weather coming – you only could feel the change, and then hear it. There’s nothing like it. I sometimes wondered from what distance we could hear the rain. When it’s pouring down on all that greenery, it makes quite a sound! (Last year, during the drought, I found an hour-long youtube that looped rain and thunderstorms. In the absence of the real thing, it was quite nice.)
When I saw this gorgeous photo of gentle rain I was overjoyed. The next thing I thought of was that I hoped there no lightning with it. But I’m sorry to hear you’ll have another heat wave with no rain… Each day we hope we all get through this summer with as little disaster as possible. This photo shows only too clearly what a treasure lies in the balance. Many thanks.
There was no lightning with this one. A few nights ago though we had a very nice thunderstorm and best of all it carried with it a heavy rain. Fire has always been a part of the forests and a very necessary part for some of the plants and animals. In the last twenty years or so though, the influx of people and their homes into forested areas has presented the opportunity for human tragedy and I feel very badly for those who are affected.
Thanks for this comment. It would be wonderful if people had more respect for the land. Right next door from me a neighbor build a garage into the bottom of a hill. Ever since it’s been flooded with each rain. If we could only use some common sense …
Thanks! My home and surroundings are relatively fire safe but there are many not too far away that are always at risk, and they will be especially so this summer I’m afraid. At the present time there are over 300 square miles on fire in Montana and many more fires are expected as the weather heats up.
Yes, the rain will help the situations in Colorado. I hope it will continue!
Yes, those mountains are peaceful places. At least once each summer I walk a trail that winds along on that high ridge behind the rain storm and just enjoy the wild forest. It’s a wonderful place to be!
Well, now we’re into the heat of summer and it is getting very dry. There was a small wildfire just a couple of miles west of us this afternoon and it’s likely there will be many more. The clouds that have come this way from the monsoons to the south are high and contain some lightning, but any rain that they contain falls as virga.