FRIDAY: Montana Red Flag/Fire Weather Warning
A little rain this week was nice but not enough to significantly reduce our fire weather conditions across the state of Montana. There is a Red Flag Warning in effect until at least Friday night, and will probably be extended as temps are expected to rise over the weekend.
According to the National Weather Service:
- WHAT: RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM THIS EVENING.
- IMPACTS: Low humidity, hot temperatures, and strong gusty winds will create erratic fire behavior and new fire starts.
- WHERE: In South Central MT Fire Zones...123...124...125...127 (See the complete Fire Zone Map below for specific locations of concern)
- COUNTIES AFFECTED: In Central MT...Golden Valley...Musselshell...Wheatland. In South Central MT...Park...Stillwater...Sweet Grass. In Southwest MT...Gallatin.
- WIND: Northwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.
- HUMIDITY: As low as 10 percent.
- TEMPERATURES: In the low to mid 90s.
- PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 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 can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
IMPORTANT: There is currently a Burn Ban in effect for Gallatin County and the City of Bozeman. Simply, NO open fires of any kind (even backyard firepits) are allowed in our area. Fire conditions are high for all of southwest Montana.
Be extremely careful when towing. Make sure all chains are safe from dragging. When in the back country, be aware of your surroundings and dangerous weather. Lightning strikes are culprits of most wildfires. When driving, never throw cigarette butts out the window. They can easily start a wildfire long after you're gone.