Fire season is upon us in Montana. Here are some useful sites that provide up-to-date information on regional wildfires and Montana air quality (where’s that smoke coming from?).
This site assembles a great deal of information on ongoing or recent fires, including incident data, containment levels, maps, planned actions, and more. The site is updated frequently.
This site provides daily wildland fire updates, statistics, safety tips, and more. Tips on protecting your home from wildfire may be particularly helpful.
The NRCC provides frequent updates on fires in Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota. The site also offers regional information on fire danger and fire forecasts.
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) tracks air quality in Montana and issues daily forest fire air quality updates. The air quality updates also indicate where the smoke in Montana skies is coming from. The DEQ has a guide on the health effects of wildfire smoke.
This program is part of the Remote Sensing Applications Center of the Forest Service. The program has national and regional maps of fires, hot spots, and smoke plumes. Use this site for a visual overview of current fire activity.
The state of Montana has assembled a page with various fire-related resources, including air quality reports, fire restriction information, fire conditions, and tax relief.