Wildfires are a perennial problem in the Northwest. With miles and miles of wilderness, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington get more than their fair share of major forest fires. Lightning ignites most of these fires, but not all. Poorly-attended campfires, train and machinery sparks, and tossed cigarette butts cause no end of problems during the Northwest's dry summer season. Once started, fires are subject to the whims of wind and weather.
Current Northwest Wildfire Locations
Major forest fires always affect regional travel and recreation in the Northwest. Uncontained fires block access to the surrounding area. The reduced visibility and air pollution that result from an active fire can range from inconvenient to life threatening. Even the risk of fire has an impact; camp fires, barbecue grills, and firewood cutting are usually limited or prohibited during the dry summer months.
It's always wise to check on the latest fire situation before embarking on a Northwest wilderness trip. These resources will keep you informed of current wildfire activity in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and other Western states.
National Fire News
A listing of all the major wildfires in the U.S., including description, number of acres, and containment.
National Interagency Coordination Center
Get current and archived reports with detailed fire status - updated daily.
Idaho Fire Updates
Current news, links to local and regional Idaho wildfire resources, and fire-related stories.
Montana Current Fire & Drought News
A listing and overview of current fires in Montana forests, with links to more detailed fire reports that include fire type, acres involved, and planned actions.
Oregon Department of Forestry:Fire in the Forest
Daily update that provides news about fire locations, community involvement, and containment forecasts.
Washington DNR Fire Information
Information about fire news, maps, and responding agencies.
Wyoming Fire Situation Report
The Wyoming State Forestry Division provides current information about status and active incidents in the state.
The following resources provide additional information about current forest fires and conditions in the Northwestern US.