On a local level, Madison County was lucky to have a quiet fire season, partially because of the county’s response to fire starts, but also thanks to their work to keep Madison County fire safe.
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It is not a secret that fire season is upon Madison County and the rest of the state.
Driving through Ennis, a sign posted across the street from the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest building warns that fire danger is “very high.”
Create defensible space around structures to help them withstand fire
Over the last week, multiple fires sparked in the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
Fire season has always been at the mercy of Mother Nature, and this season is proving to be no different.
The state as a whole is seeing dryer, hotter summer temperatures than in previous years, but west of the continental divide has the worst conditions, according to Bob Hoenisch, incident meteorologist and fire weather program leader out of Great Falls.
The hazy skies in Madison County are the product of various fires burning across Oregon, Washington, Northern California, the Idaho panhandle and near Missoula. Now, Southwest Montana may be joining other parts of the region and entering a more active fire season than it has experienced in the last few months.
According to meteorologist Bryan Henry with the Northern Rockies Coordination Center (NRCC), Southwest Montana has experienced below normal spring temperatures with cold nights, which means a slow snowpack melt and delayed entry into fire season.