The 1988 Forest Fire Season in the Northern Rockies, the Northern Great Plains, and the Greater Yellowstone Area
A. Richard Guth Stan B. Cohen
In the summer of 1988 smoke filled, red skies were common in this region. The conditions were perfect for the development of spectacular wildfires. There had been drought since the summer of 1986. Many streams were lower than the old-timers could remember. Streamside vegetation, usually wet, was cured and dry. The moisture level of dead vegetation was less than had ever been recorded.