© 2015 ZakAnderson US Highway 2 near West Glacier as the Thompson Creek Fire grows in the afternoon wind on August 11, 2015. (C) Craig Moore / GlacierWorld.com Inc. 2015

Fire on the Mountain

Bucket work on Glacier Rim Fire along the North Fork of the Flathead River near Columbia Falls, Montana on June, 28, 2015

Bucket work on Glacier Rim Fire along the North Fork of the Flathead River near Columbia Falls, Montana on June, 28, 2015 – Photo (C) Craig Moore / GlacierWorld.com Inc. 2015

While smokey air chokes the lungs and images of soot faced fire fighters and fire refugees covers front pages it is not hard to believe that the summer of 2015 is on record as the driest in history.  The last conditions were as dry was 1929  when epic fires raged across the west with far less resistance from mankind.  Some people were evacuated, some lost their homes, and sadly some their lives.  Seeing an awesome force of nature first hand, whether it be avalanche, tornado, or wildfire puts a lot of things into perspective.  The clear insignificance of mankind against nature becomes overly apparent.  While scary, this sense of fear and  smallness is what often times brings us closer to nature and sometimes each other.  It is an odd paradox but one that exists nonetheless and even more so it seems in mountain communities like ours.   Our hearts and thoughts go out to all those effected by the fire and to those who fought to contain it.

North American Interactive Wildfire Map http://activefiremaps.fs.fed.us

Bucket work on Glacier Rim Fire near Columbia Falls, Montana on June, 28, 2015

Bucket work on Glacier Rim Fire near Columbia Falls, Montana on June, 28, 2015 – (C) Craig Moore / GlacierWorld.com Inc. 2015

US Highway 2 near West Glacier as the Thompson Creek Fire grows in the afternoon wind on August 11, 2015. (C) Craig Moore / GlacierWorld.com Inc. 2015

US Highway 2 near West Glacier as the Thompson Creek Fire grows in the afternoon wind on August 11, 2015. (C) Craig Moore / GlacierWorld.com Inc. 2015

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