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Why are we letting the world go up in smoke?


Last updated 7/26/2021 at 11:06am

Montanans used to joke that we had two distinct seasons: winter and road construction.

Now we have three: winter, road construction and fire season, the latter of which is punctuated by searing temperatures and long dry spells brought on by a never-ending high-pressure system that stokes smoky weather and obscures the iconic Big Sky. Tourists who come here expecting the advertised bluebird skies are quickly disappointed by the amorphous haze that hides the state’s towering peaks and expansive great plains.

Now, like winter, we dread our seemingly endless summer fire season and the malai...

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