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Fire Weather Watch/Warning Through Wednesday 8/29/12

Hot, dry weather is culminating in yet another Fire Warning for our area through this Wednesday. Details here:

Red flag warning remains in effect from noon today to midnight
MDT tonight for low humidities… hot temperatures… strong gusty
winds… and dry thunderstorms with gusty and erratic outflow winds
for most of south central Montana…

… Fire Weather Watch remains in effect from Tuesday afternoon
through Wednesday evening for low humidities… hot temperatures…
strong gusty winds and wind shift with a cold front for most of
south central Montana…

* affected area… in Montana… fire zones… 123… 124… 125… 126
127

* today… look for temperatures in the 90s with humidity in the
low to mid teens. West winds will become 10 to 20 mph with
gusts to 25 mph. In addition… isolated dry thunderstorms are
expected… and these storms may produce erratic wind gusts up to
40 mph.

* Tuesday and Wednesday… a surge of very hot and dry air will
result in temperatures of 90 to 100 degrees with humidity in the
single digits to low teens. Tuesday winds will generally range
from 10 to 15 mph with locally higher afternoon gusts. These
winds will increase in advance of a cold front on Wednesday.
Expect west winds of 15 to 30 mph winds with gusts to 40 mph
followed by a shift to northwest winds by Wednesday evening.
There is still some uncertainty with the timing of this frontal
passage.

Precautionary/preparedness actions…

A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions
are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible red
flag warnings.

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are
either occurring now… or will shortly. A combination of strong
winds… low relative humidity… and warm temperatures will create
explosive fire growth potential.

Fire Weather Warning in effect

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