'Fire explodes to 3,500 acres'

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Yesterday I decided to follow Tanzy's advice to visit the St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana, so instead of heading north from Great Falls I drove east along Montana-200 to Missoula - another scenic drive with many fine views.  When I checked in at the KOA I heard that Highway 12 between Lolo, just south of Missoula, and the Idaho border had been closed because of a forest fire.  We could see a huge smoke cloud towards the southeast that lingered for several hours but was gone this morning.  The fire was top news in the local newspaper, the Missoulian (missoulian.com).  4 to 8 houses were destroyed but fortunately no one was injured.  The fire is now under control.  There have been other fires east of Missoula - which are also under control.  A staffer here at the KOA told me that there was a big fire in 2003 that destroyed 27 miles of forest along Hwy-93 to the south.  The traces are still visible.  We haven't had rain for a long time, so I guess it's forest fire season.  Shortly I'll be headed north towards St. Ignatius and Glacier, and hopefully I'll be out of harms way.      
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P Tanzy Maxfield on

Yes, forest fires abound. I'd like to know your experience of St. Ignatius if you get there. Glad you are giving it a try.

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