This image was captured at 11:30 last night, from Missoula, Montana.
The Lolo Peak fire has been a monster from the beginning, and shows no signs of slowing down. For most of July and August, it burned in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and adjacent national forest land. But now it’s burning down the ridge, towards Highway 93.
Taken from my house, around 8 pm. We’re going through a wicked fire season here in western Montana, trigged by a record-setting fifty days of no measurable rain.
Currently, there are evacuations for parts of Lolo and Florence.
In any season, Montana brings challenges. It is still however, the most beautiful place in the world.
In addition to my fiction, I do a lot of nature photography, with work appearing in magazines and newspapers. These moose were filmed in Glacier National Park.
This image was taken in the magnificent Bitteroot National Forest, in early July. This is important because the drought started around that time, and then the first fires erupted midway through July. This place does not look quite the same, and we need rain here in Montana. Still beautiful, however.
In early June, my girlfriend Rachel and I had the privilege of camping for a night at Two Medicine, in Glacier National Park. There’s something about this area that makes it my favorite in Glacier, and perhaps my favorite in the world. We hiked, photographed nature, and eventually rented a boat.
Much of my fiction is influenced by the natural world, and Two Medicine is one of the chief points of inspiration. It was a good day.