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Forecasters see "below normal" fire danger this month

(BOISE)- It doesn't mean there won't be fires. But the August 1st forecast from the region's fire managers shows a "below normal" risk of wildfire in the Northern Rockies this month.

That's the outlook contained in the latest update from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, the agency that tracks fire weather across the West.

Forecasters say while the conditions that created our long, wet winter and spring in Idaho and Montana this spring are gone, the weather patterns off the coast have continued cool and moist. That's kept some snow in the high country and mountain areas wetter than usual for mid-summer.

And with days growing shorter and the peak of summer temperatures passing, fire danger should be at normal levels come mid-September.


Crews still working Avalanche Butte Fire

(HELENA)- Fire crews are still working to keep the Avalanche Butte fire near Helena from spreading onto private lands.

And so far, the efforts are working despite the winds and hot temperatures of the past couple of days, with the fire still at about 40-acres.

The fire, which is believed to have started from lightning, is burning in sub-alpine fire and whitebark pine at the head of Avalanche Gulch. The terrain is known for naturally-occurring fires, so eventually fire managers say the blaze will actually help improve terrain for wildlife and livestock grazing on the forest. They also say the location of the fire in the Big Belt Mountains will help break up the fuels in the area to help manage future wildfires under more extreme conditions. (U.S.F.S. photo)

But for now, firefighters are trying to suppress the fire to keep it from spreading onto private property, and keep the blaze burning in a designated area.

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