Rain for Rent high-capacity pumps, pipes, and sprinklers headed for Lake McDonald Lodge to create a curtain of water if necessary, September 7, 2017.
Glacier National Park

With large fires burning across nearly 1.5 million acres nationwide and no end to the fire season in sight, fire management crews in Montana are starting to think outside the box.

"Part of the issue is that there are so many fires throughout the west that the regular kinds of pumps that firefighters use are all in use in other locations," says Diane Sine, a spokeswoman for the management team on the Sprague Fire that’s burning in Glacier National Park.

Montana Wildfire Roundup For September 7, 2017

Sep 7, 2017
Type 1 Chinook helicopter working to contain Nelson Creek fire.

Governor Steve Bullock Thursday asked FEMA for additional funding to fight the wildfires that have now burned over a million acres across the state.

Bullock sat down with Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, Thursday, in Washington D.C.

Flathead Cross Country Meet Canceled Due To Wildire Smoke
Montana DEQ

A popular high school cross country meet in the Flathead has been canceled due to wildfire smoke. It’s not the only high school sport facing adverse impacts from poor air quality.

Steve Mollenhoff

Today's air quality update from Missoula City-County Air Quality Specialist, Sarah Coefield:

"Good morning, The smoke is thick, the inversions are strong, and the Smoke Spiral is still rotating overhead. It's messy out there, folks.

Avalanche Gorge along the Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park

Fire officials on the Sprague Fire burning in Glacier National Park had good news and bad news at a public fire meeting at Park Headquarters Wednesday night. The good news, they told a standing room only crowd of more than 150 people, is that the smoke choking the Flathead Valley has also been dampening fire activity, holding the Sprague Fire at roughly 13,000 acres.