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I notice a lot of haze on the webcams today. Is it smoke?

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Yes, it is smoky here today. The closest fires are down near Seeley Lake and around the ID border.

More info in a Missoulian article on the Seeley Lakes fires - http://missoulian.com/news/local/evacua ... 05D784AF38

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From the GNP facebook page:

If you follow our webcams you may notice the valleys seem to be hazy. What you are seeing is smoke from fires burning in Montana and other nearby states and provinces. Some days are less smokey than others, depending on wind conditions and fire locations. If you are visiting soon, the webcams can be a great tool for checking current conditions in the park. And, for those of you who may not be visiting soon, consider using our webcams to take a mini virtual vacation, any day of the year. (TT)


It's been smoky both yesterday and today here in Calgary from the BC fires. I climbed Ha Ling Peak in Kananaskis Country just south of Canmore yesterday. While driving there we wondered why we were even bothering, but we still had amazing views despite the smoke.

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Thanks for the info
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It is not as bad as I have seen it in the past, but there is haze in the air, it may blow out this evening as we have wind warnings tonight, which of course is not a good thing, because that will kick the fires back into high gear...

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It has been smoky all day. Worse around Big chief and Waterton than MG valley

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The wind that Dave mentioned never came to fruition last night, at least not by me. There was a "red flag" warning with gusts around 30. It was almost dead calm. Still a bit smokey here this morning, but not as bad as yesterday.

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Im near the airport now driving to Kalispell.
Looking SE toward the Swan is pretty smoky. As noted, there are several fires south of here.

Looking towards Teakettle and the park is "ok"---for now.

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It's 3:30 local time and the smoke in the valley has increased---at least for now.
Maybe the wind will shift.
Much worse down south towards I-90 and Missoula closer to the fires.
Friends driving to Seattle yesterday said visibility on I-90 was bad.
And a friend of mine who lives in Seeley Lake has been warned to be prepared to evacuate---and they live in town.
Fire is burning within 4 miles of their home.
4 miles isn't much of a buffer if the wind picks up enough.

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PeteE wrote:And a friend of mine who lives in Seeley Lake has been warned to be prepared to evacuate---and they live in town.
Fire is burning within 4 miles of their home.
4 miles isn't much of a buffer if the wind picks up enough.
Given my locale, that very scenario is always on my mind when it gets hot/dry like this. A fire that close would be terrifying. I hope conditions change and they don't need to evacuate.

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It is not fun Doug,

We went through it a few years ago, in fact the day after the Chatter BBQ cleared out of here, a logging company set a slash pile on fire by accident about 3/4 of a mile from the house, it is always interesting when you have large helicopters flying over your house dripping water on you!

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Yikes. We had vandals start a very large slash pile about 300 yards from our house last fall. Our road was busy for a bit while neighbors came flying up to see what was burning. The Forest Service actually investigated but nothing came of it. Since we had so much rain last fall we weren't too worried about it, but seeing a large fire that close is always a bit unnerving.

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Thanks all for your posts - anybody have an update on the visibility and air quality impacts from the fires on the North Fork area? The park webcams don't cover that area. We're heading up there 8/9- 8/14.

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GLandSG wrote:Thanks all for your posts - anybody have an update on the visibility and air quality impacts from the fires on the North Fork area? The park webcams don't cover that area. We're heading up there 8/9- 8/14.
I haven't been up that way in a few weeks. Keep in mind that smoke conditions can change daily, as well as throughout the day, so any intel you get now may not be pertinent by the time you're here.

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Friends who raft on the North Fork say it's about the same as here in the Flathead Valley.

Not been good here this week, but could be a lot worse.
The smoke situation depends on where the fires are burning and where the wind blows from/to.
The wind could shift anytime and blow it out. Possible that when wind shifts to the North and then East, it may clear out temporarily.
Hard to know. Wind is very difficult to predict around here.

Not looking good for the near future. See this forecast link:

https://forecast.weather.gov/product.ph ... glossary=1

And this one:
https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.p ... YTcb-mQzIX

I took this picture Tuesday Aug 1 looking into Bad Rock Canyon and towards West Glacier. The North Fork is roughly 20-30 miles due North of that near "gap" in the mountains.
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This was today Aug 4 about an hour ago from same place out near the KGPI airport.
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