Fire Weather Watches in the first week of March are not a great thing to see. Many counties in South Dakota along with a few in Wyoming are facing just that, this weekend.

TO BE CLEAR: as of this writing, Montana does not have any counties with Fire Weather Watches. However, much warmer temperatures for several days and valley level snow melting rapidly, caution should be used and conditions in Montana may change rapidly.

A Fire Weather Watch means to BE PREPARED. Conditions are possible but not occurring right at this moment. Basically, all the elements of dangerous conditions are on the way but there's not an active situation yet.

  • Per the National Weather Service in Rapid City, South Dakota
  • WHAT: THERE ARE FIRE WEATHER WATCHES IN EFFECT FOR SEVERAL COUNTIES IN SOUTH DAKOTA, WYOMING AND NEBRASKA.
  • WHEN: This Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Saturday March 6th, 2021
  • GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY ARE EXPECTED
  • WHERE ARE THESE WATCHES...Fire Weather Zones 317 Weston County Plains, 318 Wyoming Black Hills, 319 Northern Black Hills, 320 Central Black Hills, 321 Southern Black Hills, 322 Fall River County Area, 323 Northern Foot Hills, 324 Eastern Foot Hills, 325 Custer County Plains, 327 Butte County Area and 329 West Central Plains.
  • WINDY CONDITIONS...Winds of 10 to 20 mph are expected with gusts up to 30 mph possible throughout the Watch areas.
  • RELATIVE HUMIDITY LEVELS...As low as 15 percent.
  • IMPACTS OF THESE FIRE WEATHER WATCHES...gusty winds and low relative humidity can "produce critical fire weather conditions" and caution should be used while in the outdoors.

If you or someone you know is traveling, camping or hiking in these areas this weekend, be safe and use caution!