Reforestation underway on ranch damaged by the Harris Mountain wildfire

  • Source: KPAX-TV CBS/CW+ 8 Missoula
  • Published: 05/30/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: On a long and winding dirt road up into the high country on Sheep Creek Ranch, large swaths of trees burned by the 2021 Harris Mountain wildfire can still be seen. The lightning-caused fire burned through almost all of the land on the ranch, which serves as a migration corridor for the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem and is a major source of income for landowner Don Harland and his family. "Down low we didn't get as much damage but as it came up here it was crowning, meaning it was in the tops of the trees. The temperature, they tell me, was close to 2,000 degrees so as we went up higher and higher it pretty much sanitized everything," Harland said. Harland recalled the fire as he stood in the high country with an expansive view of the fire-damaged landscape behind him.


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