Yellowstone County commissioners on Tuesday imposed Stage 1 fire restrictions because of recent hot and dry weather conditions.
There sure is a lot of smoke in the sky these days. That’s because there are a lot of fires burning in the forests around Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
To get a sense of some of the most pressing environmental issues facing Montana, consider the Environmental Quality Council’s agenda — controlling wolf populations, hunting and fishing license reform, sage grouse protection and the increasing cost of fighting wildland fires.
Many of Wyoming’s big-game seasons opened Monday, while more are scheduled to open mid-month or Nov. 1. Archery seasons have been going since Sept. 1.
The other day I talked to a friend, Sam Scott, who has a ranch near the Ashland fire. I had been concerned about him losing his house, outbuildings and livestock.