2018 Montana wildfires

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2018 Montana wildfires
Reynolds Lake Fire 2018 07 19-13.01.24.968-CDT.jpg
Reynolds Lake Fire, July 19
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Date(s)June, 2018 –
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The 2018 wildfire season in Montana began around June, 2018.

The Highway 37 Fire is a fire above Montana Highway 37 west of Libby, Montana at 48°25′19″N 115°28′26″W / 48.422°N 115.474°W / 48.422; -115.474 (Highway 37 Fire),[1] near a Superfund site which is a former vermiculite mine. It was spotted on July 19.[2] Firefighters needed to wear respirators to protect themselves from exposure to asbestos mixed with duff and bark by mining operations and mobilized by the fire.[3]

The Reynolds Lake Fire, caused by lightning on July 17, straddles the Bitterroot National Forest and Salmon-Challis National Forest southwest of Darby, Montana at 45°33′50″N 114°30′47″W / 45.564°N 114.513°W / 45.564; -114.513 (Reynolds Lake Fire).[4] It reached over 1,000 acres (400 ha) in extent by July 22.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Highway 37 Fire, US Forest Service InciWeb, accessed 2018-07-23
  2. ^ July 20 fire Roundup, Montana Public Radio
  3. ^ Fire burning near northwestern Montana vermiculite mine, Associated Press, July 20, 2018 – via Bozeman Daily Chronicle
  4. ^ Reynolds Lake Fire, US Forest Service InciWeb, accessed 2018-07-23
  5. ^ "Little growth on Montana wildfires", The Missoulian, July 22, 2018 – via The Montana Standard (Butte, Montana)