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here comes the smoke

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here comes the smoke

Big fires at Lolo Pass and smaller fires coming up in the region. I am at Ashley lake, 1-hr west of Glacier and the smoke is coming in this morning. Thunderstorms tonight and tomorrow so things could get worse. Let's hope not!

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1. Re: here comes the smoke

Keep us posted K2! Didn't this happen last year around the same time? I remember seeing pics of Missoula shrouded in smoke from fires end of August into September.

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2. Re: here comes the smoke

Whitefish is under a high fire risk weather warning.

montana slow hiker

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Kay, I think your correct.... It was about this time last year when smoke from the Bob Marshall was making its way to Glacier.

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So in situations like this, what impact does it have on hiking? Continue as normal but just the views aren't as nice? Or does it ever put a halt to most hiking/outdoor activities?

Of course it will depend on how things shape up... but I'm from an area of the country that never gets wildfires, so I'm pretty ignorant as to how seriously smoke and fires normally affect Glacier. (if there is such a thing as 'normally'!)

Thanks!

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Generally the smoke diminishes the views; the hazy days the scenery isn't nearly as beautiful.

Sometimes you'll be able to actually smell the smoke in the air; but unless the fire is in the Park, trails aren't closed.

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makes for great sunrise and sunset pictures however. Rain last night helped.

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Smokey this morning at Logan Pass which most likely helped us get a parking space.

Smoke all cleared out by this afternoon.

Watched, listened to Park Ranger shoot firecrackers at a black bear across from upper parking lot on the way down. Since one in the party hadn't seen a bear in the 9 months he has been living here this was an interesting end to this visit.

montana slow hiker

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We were in Glacier in late August in 2010 and there was a big fire south of Hwy 2 and could see smoke all thru the area.

Keep us posted and wish safety to all those in the west fighting fires- also we would love to send you some of our rain from the southeast.

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The smoke conditions are dependent on the wind conditions. Smoke can blow in from as far away as ID, OR and WA, but it shows up as haze at high altitudes. It makes our normally gorgeous big skies not so lovely. As for curtailing outdoor activities, that is totally dependent on how close you are to actual fires, and which way the wind is blowing. This changes day by day. Right now in the Flathead and in GNP there is no concern for air quality and curtailing outdoor activities for most people. People with lung conditions who are hiking should take air quality into consideration.

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