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Smoke frustrates school sports scene

A rivalry girls soccer match between Hamilton and Corvallis high schools has been rescheduled twice this month due to bad air quality in the Bitterroot Valley — just one example of how wildfire smoke is frustrating the school sports scene.

Tracking Montana’s 2022 fire season

The Montana Free Press newsroom is assembling current information on the progression of the state’s 2022 fire season on this page, including real-time air-quality data and air quality index ratings, news coverage, and a list of active fires sourced to the federal Inciweb incident management system.

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The display below includes the last reported updates provided for the 2022 wildfires that were tracked by the Inciweb incident information system and may exclude fires that aren’t reported through that system. In some cases information for specific fires may be incomplete where agencies haven’t updated Inciweb entries.

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Where wildfire meets population growth

For the second summer in a row, a wildfire has destroyed homes near the shores of Flathead Lake, offering a stark reminder of the danger fire poses to one of the fastest-growing areas in the state.