By Griffen Smith
of the Pathfinder 

Containment lines done for Colt Fire, record breaking heat comes to western Montana


August 17, 2023

Griffen Smith, Pathfinder

Ryan Zinke looks at a map of the Colt Fire while a helicopter buzzes overhead on July 31. Fire crews on the Colt Fire have secured much of the blaze with help from cool and wet weather.

Fire crews across western Montana saw minimal fire growth last week, but August will roar to life this week with record-setting temperatures across the Rocky Mountains.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the Seeley Swan Valley from 11 a.m. Aug. 15 to 11 a.m. Aug 17. Temperatures in Seeley Lake are expected to be 95 degrees on Aug. 16 and 94 degrees on Aug. 17 - both on track to beat records set in 2003 and 1967, respectively.

With the hot weather, fire conditions will worsen on existing flames, while new starts could burn out of control.

Colt Fire

While containment...

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