Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ruh-Oh! 2013 Fire season outlook

graphic courtesy of Missoulian

Its way to early to early to be having fires in Western Montana. Just last night a 200 acre fire erupted SE of Philipsburg, wow. Best of wishes to one of our friends that lives very close to that area. 


Here's to hoping we get some more spring moisture. I had also been suspecting something was a miss with the snowpack, as I looked at the Lolo Pass camera, I noticed a remarkable difference in past years snowpacks in May. Take a look below:

My 2010-11 Lolo Pass snowpack timelapse - http://vimeo.com/33911102

A less interesting snow year - http://vimeo.com/12267052

The coming wildfire season looks tough for most of the western United States, but western Montana firefighters are expecting an average summer on the fire line.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell warned on Monday that national budget cuts mean 500 fewer ground personnel on fire lines this summer. They added money would be tight for preseason hazardous-fuels removal and postseason restoration work.

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