Monday, September 17, 2012

Smoke blankets Missoula

For the better part of two months, Missoula has had a blanket of smoke from several fires west of the valley including Idaho's Mustang, Powell SBW, McGuire, and the Sheep wildlife complexes. Sometimes the blanket of smoke is more of a sheet. Other times, it is a down comforter. With the recent presence of the Sawtooth fire located down the Bitterroot valley, the end of last week was a smokey one in the Missoula valley.

I flew out of Missoula for the weekend and have been able to escape the smoke...albeit temporarily. I took some pictures with the GoPro on the flight out.

The Missoula valley - filled with smoke
Cruising altitude. Never made a transition between smoke and clouds. Almost positive this is a blanket of smoke.
Somewhere over Wyoming. Smoke still fills the valleys.
Somewhat clearer skies. The smoke is behind us at this point.

2 comments:

Howard Levett said...

We certainly had our share earlier this year. Smoke every day from almost 100 miles away in both directions. Nice photos!

Fly Waters Edge - Kevin said...

Wow! That sucks Man!

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