Heat Advisories all over Montana are contributing to Red Flag fire danger across the state. Conditions are changing rapidly, but one thing is certain: things are currently dangerous.

Over a dozen Red Flag Warnings are in effect at LEAST through Monday night most of the state is under some sort of Heat Advisory as well. Some of those advisories are in effect through Tuesday night.

Please see the Montana Fire Zone Map below for more clarity on exact locations.

According to the National Weather Service:

  • RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 PM MONDAY FOR LOW HUMIDITY AND GUSTY WINDS FOR FIRE WEATHER ZONES 113, 114, 115, AND 117.
  • WINDS...West 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 28 mph.
  • RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 10 percent.
  • TEMPERATURES...In the upper 90s.
  • 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 near-record warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
  • IMPACTS...Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur.
  • Conditions are dangerous across the entire state of Montana and we are expecting very warm conditions for the entire week.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.
  • Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.
  • When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Even when Alerts and Advisories expire, dangerous conditions may still exist.
  • Extreme caution should be used this week when you are in rural or forested areas. Fires can be started in several ways and under these conditions, fires can spread incredibly quickly.