September 3rd, 2007 – by: nforkan
The early stages of a wildfire
For the most part, Montana has a very dry climate. During the summer months, the threat of wildfires is dangerously high. Controlled burnings, and campfires are extremely limited, if not banned completely. Just parking a car in a field with semi-tall grass can be dangerous if the hot engine meets a blade of grass. You pretty much can't drive anywhere without seeing the effects of wildfires. I'm not even sure how this fire started, someone probably threw a cigarette out the window or something stupid like that, but my mom and I were driving back to Helena
from Rapid City, SD. We saw just a little smoke over the hill, and by the time we rounded the corner, an entire hillside was blazing with only one fire engine crew to try to fight it. It only took a few seconds to drive by, but we were choking because of all the smoke, and it was like driving through a furnace...so hot!!!