A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for Thursday as much of Montana will see a continuation of dry and windy conditions. Several small fires in Montana grew in Wednesday’s wind. The Bannack Fire near Bannack State Park and the Moss Ranch Fire near Ronan both are now over 150 acres, making them the two largest fires of the year. Several other fires in Idaho and Washington showed noticeable growth emitting more smoke. Fire danger will be high on Thursday as persistent wind and low humidity will continue again. Temperatures will be slightly cooler and the wind won’t be as powerful, but dangerous fire weather conditions will continue. Friday’s fire weather conditions will improve as the wind eases up for much of Montana. A few isolated thunderstorms are possible late in the day over the far southwestern mountains. On Saturday, another generally dry cold front will move through with wind and lower humidity, causing another spike in the fire danger. Highs will top out in the 80s and 90s again. Sunday should be a great summer’s day with sunny skies, lighter wind and highs in the 80s. If you plan on attending the Last Chance Stampede and Fair, Red Ants Pants, the State Fair or other outdoor events, please remember to stay hydrated in the heat and use sunblock in the strong sun.
Have a great day.