"The fires are burning so quick this year", he said.
"Right now, levels seem to be good again", he said.
Some North Dakotans may have experienced an extra smoky morning when they stepped outside on Sunday, Sept. 3, said Chuck Hyatt of the North Dakota Department of Health. Warmer temperatures and drier conditions increase the chances of a fire starting, or help a fire spread. Hikers were stranded and rescued, and evacuations were ordered for nearby communities over the weekend.
She says the fire really took off in the short time they were on the course, and to say the least, it was dramatic.
It appears that authorities are starting to get the fires under control, and it does not appear as if anyone has died yet. Currently, more than 9,500 firefighters are battling 24 blazes across the state, some burning a couple thousand acres, others spanning tens of thousands of acres of wildland. The fire is now nearly completely contained; only 5 out of potentially 1,400 homes were destroyed, according to Firehouse.com.
Around 60 separate fires are now burning from the southwest in California, to the northwest in Washington. Fire crews are trying to use this to their advantage by resurrecting old bulldozed containment lines.
If people want to donate online.they must first select the local chapter that they want their money to go to, and then very shortly after call the Great Falls office to verbally request that their donation goes to Montana wildfire relief efforts.
There are almost 80 active wildfires burning from OR to Colorado; those include a half dozen here in Idaho and 21 in Montana.
The entire Portland metropolitan area has been under a Red Flag Warning and Air Quality Alert since the weekend, and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group estimates the OR fire will not be fully contained until Saturday, Sept. 9. Everyone - residents, visitors, volunteers - must continue to stay safe, stay informed, and continue to support our firefighters, our communities, and businesses impacted by fires.
Fire officials say the smoke will likely stick around until there's a "season-ending event" - either a massive rain or snow shower that extinguishes the fire.