Several counties in northeast Montana will see dangerous fire weather conditions on Friday with temps in the low 80s and very gusty winds up to 50 MPH.

  • WHAT: A RED FLAG WARNING is in effect for several northeast Montana counties
  • WHEN: This Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11am Friday morning until 9pm Friday night.
  • CONDITIONS: These areas will see very warm temperatures, combined with extremely gusty winds.
  • WHERE: The area around Havre will probably experience the strongest winds on Friday. Hill and Blaine Counties are included. Fire conditions exist all day on Friday. (Several other area have their own Warning but with lesser winds.)
  • WIND: expected winds from 20 mph to 30 mph, gusts up to 50 mph are possible
  • HUMIDITY: The relative humidity for the area on Friday is 7 to 15 percent. This low humidity will contribute to the dangerous conditions.
  • TOWNS INCLUDED: Havre, Fort Belknap Agency, Dodson, Malta, Sleeping Buffalo, Saco, Hinsdale, Glasgow, Fort Peck, Nashua, Frazer, Oswego, Wolf Point, Poplar, Vida, Circle, Medicine Lake, Richey, Sidney and Glendive.

A Red Flag Warning is serious and 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."

The good news: according to the National Weather Service the conditions should improve over the weekend for northeast Montana.

Cooler but breezy conditions are expected for Saturday as minimum relative humidity values climb into the 20s. Showery and even cooler weather is expected for Sunday.

Use caution when recreating in these areas and of course, never throw cigarette butts out the window of a car. Conditions are dangerous today for fire weather.

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