Smoke from Idaho wildfires moving into Western Montana

Posted at 8:03 AM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 10:03:55-04

MISSOULA – The Beeskove fire north of Missoula and the Moss Ranch fire southwest of Ronan continue to kick up smoke.

But it isn’t just the local fires that are generating smoke for Western Montana. A handful of fires in Idaho’s backcountry are also starting to send smoke across the border.

Two lightning-caused fires saw increased activity with the winds over the weekend.

The Crab Fire is burning on 47 acres just east of the Powell Ranger Station above the Lochsa. Firefighters are using some “indirect” suppression on that one.

The Barren Hill Fire is burning on over 100 acres southwest of Powell in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. It’s being allowed to burn, but is being monitored.

Air quality readings were still “good” across Western Montana as of Tuesday morning.