Montana Outdoors

September 19, 2017

An abrupt change

Filed under: wildfire — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:04 am

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This is pretty much the same way that this scene has looked since around the end of August, but this morning there is a huge difference. The haze today is fog and water vapor, not smoke from the fires. What a relief! There is still much work to be done on the fires, but the threat is very much less.

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  1. I’ve heard there’s been some snow – any near you yet? Good to see something other than smoke, I bet!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 19, 2017 @ 10:09 am

    • Yes, it’s a pleasure to see the clouds hanging around the bottoms of the mountains as it should in Fall, instead of that incessant smoke. We can see a little snow on the taller mountains here, above about 7,000 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — September 19, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

  2. Whew! So good to hear.

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    Comment by Pat — September 19, 2017 @ 10:31 am

  3. Great news! Very relieved to hear it.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 19, 2017 @ 10:39 am

    • There are about a thousand people in this local area who are reall relieved to see the weather shift and rain. Now they can return to their homes and relax a bit!

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      Comment by montucky — September 19, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

  4. Happy for you. I know that feeling exactly. We’ve had several rainy days and the smoke has backed off. So good to breathe the cleaner air again.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 19, 2017 @ 12:04 pm

    • We haven’t received a whole lot of rain, but enough to make a big difference (along with the colder temps).

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      Comment by montucky — September 19, 2017 @ 7:55 pm

      • It’s been so good to see a bit of moisture. We all love a sunny day, but this summer it was too much of a good thing.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 20, 2017 @ 8:27 am

        • I agree. THere is usually a hot and dry time in summer, but this year it was more than twice as bad.

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          Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 9:06 am

  5. I’m glad to hear it! That’s a beautiful scene.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — September 19, 2017 @ 2:49 pm

    • It’s a lot prettier with the fog and mist rather than the smoke! Feels and smells better too!

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      Comment by montucky — September 19, 2017 @ 7:56 pm

  6. I’m so glad to hear about the improvement (in the fires)
    The fog/mist over the river makes for a very moody scene and well worth a photo. I imagine all the local residents around the major fires are hoping for an early snowfall this year.

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    Comment by Vicki — September 19, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

    • I will bet that there will be a week or two with the cold temps from this weather front, then warm up to seasonal norms and we’ll have a nice Indian summer.

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      Comment by montucky — September 19, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

  7. I’ve been enjoying the photos of the snow at higher elevations, and hoping that you were profiting from the higher moisture levels. It’s so nice to see such a lovely photograph, and to know that in your neck of the woods, at least, there is some autumnal change happening. We have to wait a while, but if the temperatures would drop even into the sixties, there’s so much moisture around that we’d at least have ground fog. I really like the way you’ve captured the reflection of the trees despite the fog.

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 19, 2017 @ 8:13 pm

    • I’ve seen snow on the mountains here over 7,000 feet but haven’t yet had a chance to hike up to it. Hopefully in the next couple of days. The temperatures and the humidity are good but the fire crews still have work to do before they are off for the year. It will be interesting when the fire area closures are lifted and I can hike up into the burn and see what it’s like up there too.

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      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 9:11 am

  8. Glad to hear that the fires are being brought under control! Holding thumbs that they’ll be entirely extinguished soon.

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    Comment by de Wets Wild — September 19, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

    • Thanks! If this weather holds a while longer, the crisis will be over. It should be an interesting Fall.

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      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 9:08 am

  9. So glad the smoke has cleared!

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    Comment by Brian Sostrom — September 20, 2017 @ 11:15 am

    • That’s a big relief. Smoke doesn’t especially bother me, but I sure felt sorry for those who could barely tolerate it. That was a terrible thing for them!

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      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 7:33 pm

  10. That’s good news. Long may it last!

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    Comment by Val — September 20, 2017 @ 6:16 pm

    • It’s about over for this year. Soon the cold will be the distraction. I went up and hiked in the snow for awhile today in celebration. It really felt good!

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      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 7:36 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, So glad for your area! Nice to have the cooler foggy weather and less smoke and terrible threat of the fires. Have a great day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 20, 2017 @ 6:24 pm

    • Thanks Wildlifewatcher! I went up to the snow level today and even got to feel snow coming down again! How refreshing that was!

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      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 7:37 pm

  12. Glad to hear things have calmed down …. 🙂

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — September 20, 2017 @ 8:10 pm

    • Thanks Teresa! Finally the smoke and heat are gone. This year has been a roller coaster.

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      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2017 @ 9:07 pm

  13. Bring on the rain! Great news ..

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — September 22, 2017 @ 1:36 pm

    • We are having weather that nobody loves unless they’ve been through the fires! It’s wonderful!

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2017 @ 7:58 pm

  14. Yes, an abrupt and wonderful and COLD change. 😉

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    Comment by Tammie — September 22, 2017 @ 2:12 pm

    • Yes, the cold is really wonderful! And very timely: it should lead into a warmer spell and a nice Fall!

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2017 @ 7:59 pm

  15. That’s great news re: the fire.

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    Comment by Candace — September 22, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

    • Yes! There are a lot of happy people out there, now released from the evacuation notices!

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      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

  16. Excellent photo. Foggy weather are general in Finland in fall when the weather is warm. So it is now even in Helsinki.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 26, 2017 @ 12:54 am

    • We also have a lot of fog in the fall. This year it was especially welcome because it broke the heat wave and provided much needed moisture to help with the fires.

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      Comment by montucky — September 26, 2017 @ 1:17 pm


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