HELENA, Mont. – A great majority of Montana travelers are lured by the state’s 93 million acres of spectacular unspoiled nature. Due to the state’s diverse landscape and weather, wildfires happen as a natural part of Montana’s ecology. Sometimes a fire occurs near a popular destination, but there’s no reason to let it stop you from enjoying your Montana experience.
“This summer, active fires are impacting less than 0.2% of the state—and often they’re in remote locations,” said Pam Haxby-Cote, Director of the Department of Commerce. “Montana’s two national parks, 54 state parks, and all of its vibrant and charming small towns are open for business and ready to serve travelers,” Haxby-Cote added.
Business owners in western Montana say outdoor recreation opportunities remain plentiful.
“Despite the impression folks may have, the businesses in Seeley Lake are all open, business-as-usual,” said Moose Jergesen, owner of Seeley’s Rocky Mountain Adventure Gear. “People can rent kayaks, SUPs, canoes, boats, and enjoy a day on the lake, eat at one of our great restaurants, and take in what Seeley has to offer,” he said. “It can be smoky in the morning, but I’m currently looking at a blue-bird sky.”
Denny Gignoux, co-owner of Glacier Guides and Raft Company in Coram, seconded the sentiment. “Visitors fish, hike, raft, horseback ride, zip line, and do all of the great activities this area is known for,” he said. “Yes, there are fires in western Montana, but thankfully most us are minimally impacted by them, if at all.”
If a fire is occurring near your destination, please know that it is being managed by experts whose top priority is public safety. If an area is open, it’s safe.
To help travelers get the most current information about the fires in Montana and their potential impact on travel the state provides updated information on its Market Montana website at http://www.marketmt.com/Resources/FireInformation.
For travelers who have additional questions or would like assistance with their Montana itinerary, the state offers live in-person conversations with travel counselors at 1-800-847-4868 as well as live chats on VisitMT.com.