Wild fires are not uncommon in Montana. This season, Montana has been affected by wild fires and smoky air in the Pacific Northwest region. The air quality in Helena, Montana varies depending on changing wind and weather conditions, click here to view current air conditions across the state, please note that these conditions change daily.
As the fourth largest state in the nation, at over 93 million acres, Montana has seen just over 1 million acres burned this summer.
If your travel plans are bringing you to Montana, we invite you to join us in Helena. There is plenty to do (even indoors) this time of year! Here are some experiences we suggest:
- A scavenger hunt at the Montana WILD Education Center
- Trying on a buffalo pelt at the Montana History Museum & Historical Society
- Exploring the grandeur of our Montana State Capitol Building
- Learning about life for women and children during WWI at the Original Governor’s Mansion
- Seeing the awe-inspiring stained glass windows at the Cathedral of St. Helena
- Riding a grizzly bear at the Great Northern Carousel
- Checking out the new Women in Space exhibit at ExplorationWorks Science Center (opens Sept. 9)
- Sampling our variety of microbreweries: Ten Mile Creek Brewing Co., Lewis & Clark Brewing Co. and Blackfoot River Brewing Co.
- Catching a show at Grandstreet Theatre, Fun Home opens this weekend
- Enjoying a film with an adult beverage at the Myrna Loy Center for Performing & Media Arts
- Connecting your brainwaves and art at the new CAVE exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art
- Sipping on a craft cocktail at Gulch Distillers
- Adventuring downtown to check out the Shops & Galleries along Last Chance Gulch
Need help navigating your trip through Montana? Please don’t hesitate to give us a call for travel and re-routing suggestions, or indoor tour options.
Helena Tourism Alliance
(406) 449 – 2107
We recognize the efforts of the many volunteers, fire fighters, and first responders in Montana and thank them for their tireless efforts. We also recognize the impact of these fires to homes, livelihoods, wild spaces, and communities. If you are looking for a way to support Montana this season, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations:
- The Missoula United Way has set up a fund to aid those affected by the Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake, and a fund for evacuees from the Lolo Peak Fire. 100% of donations will support families in need, United Way is donating all administrative costs. Donate to the Seeley Lake/Rice Ridge Fire Fund online or to the Lolo Peak Fire Fund online. You can contact the Missoula United Way at 406-549-6104.
- Garfield County Fire Foundation Relief Fund has been set up to help victims of the Lodgepole Complex, Montana’s largest fire this year, which burned nearly over 270,000 acres in Eastern Montana. You can donate online or send a check made to Garfield County Fire Foundation c/o Garfield County Bank PO Box 6, Jordan, MT 59337.
- The American Red Cross of Montana has opened 10 shelters for fire evacuees in Montana this year, including for Sunrise Fire evacuees near Superior, and evacuees from Seeley Lake. To ensure that your donation goes directly to support Montana fire efforts, we recommend calling 800-272-6668.
- The Wildland Firefighter Foundation helps families of firefighters killed in the line of duty and assists injured firefighters and their families. Make a donation online or call (208) 336-2996.