Dangerous Red Flag Fire Conditions Exist Today For Northeast Montana
Red Flag Warnings have been issued for a large area covering Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River on Thursday. Very dry conditions and gusty winds up to 40 MPH today make for extremely precarious conditions.
- A RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THURSDAY MORNING TO 9 PM THIS EVENING FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS
- AFFECTED AREA...Fire weather zones 134, 135, 136, and 137. (See fire weather zones map below for details)
- WIND...From the west at 20 to 30 mph and gusts up to 40 mph.
- HUMIDITY...As low as 19 percent.
- HIGHEST THREAT...is located near the Missouri River breaks and Petroleum County.
- IMPACTS...any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly toward the east. Outdoor burning is not recommended.
There is also a Lake Wind Advisory for Fort Peck Lake until 9pm tonight.
- WHAT...West winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.
- WHERE...Fort Peck Lake.
- WHEN...Until 9 PM this evening.
- IMPACTS...Strong winds and rough waves on area lakes will create hazardous conditions for small craft.
- Boaters on area lakes should use extra caution since strong winds and rough waves can overturn small craft.
These conditions are concerning today for two reasons: the gusty winds will spread any fire that starts today quickly. Getting a new fire under control is unlikely. Also, most of this Red Flag Warning area is quite rural and difficult to get to. Extra time will be needed to reach any new fires.