HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A historic drought in the southwest will likely mean Montana firefighters will be asked to help out in neighboring states and smoke from out-of-state fires could fill Montana’s skies this summer.
That's from fire-weather meteorologist Coleen Haskell with the Northern Rockies Coordination Center.
Haskell along with other local, state, tribal and federal officials told Gov. Greg Gianforte on Wednesday they are prepared to work together again during the 2021 fire season.
The areas west of the Continental Divide in Montana face above-normal fire potential in July, while weather patterns are expected to extend that potential to the entire state in August.