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Another Surge of Wildfire Smoke

Posted at 5:47 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 20:41:06-04

Wildfire activity and smoke will increase again through the weekend. Another surge of smoke is pushing up from California, where wildfires have consumed hundreds of thousands of acres emitting excessive smoke. As the upper level wind switches to the southwest over the weekend, smoke will at times become dense and visible. The air quality will be an issue especially across southern Montana. If you have a respiratory or heart issue, take it easy outside this weekend. Both days otherwise will be mostly sunny, dry and breezy. Afternoon wind could increase to over 20mph. With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, fire danger will be high this weekend. Monday some moisture will move into the state in the form of isolated thunderstorms from the remnants of Hurricane Genevieve. Storms will have rain but also produce lightning strikes and the possibility of new wildfire starts. Red Flag Warning conditions are likely Monday with the storms, heat and afternoon increase in wind. Scattered thunderstorms will push across the state on Tuesday with cooler temperatures. A few storms could linger on Wednesday and the temperatures will cool down into the 70s and 80s for highs for the duration of the week.
Have a great weekend!
Curtis Grevenitz