By Bowman Leigh
Montana Free Press 

Montana's 2023 wildfire season begins with Colt and Bowles Creek fires


Last updated 7/27/2023 at 1:38pm

John Adams / MTFP

he growing Colt Fire smoke plume on Friday, July 21. Fire officials estimate the blaze has burned 2,927 acres as of Monday, July 24, and is zero percent contained.

As a heat wave brought temperatures as high as 102 degrees to parts of western Montana over the weekend, the state's summer fire season kicked off with two lightning-caused wildfires that quickly gained steam.


The Colt Fire started 15 miles northwest of Seeley Lake on Monday, July 17, and by the afternoon of Friday, July 21 had grown to approximately 200 acres, as reported by the Mo...

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