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Extreme Fire Danger Until It Rains & Snow

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 21:01:11-04

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH has been issued for most of central and southern Montana for Saturday.

Wednesday was the worst wildfire day so far in 2020 with more than 100,000 acres burned by new fires. More dangerous fire weather conditions will continue into Labor Day weekend. Friday will be sunny, hot and dry. Highs will reach the 80s and low 90s. Fortunately the wind will not be that strong, generally between 5-15mph. Saturday will be another extremely dangerous day. Temperatures will come close to record highs in the 90s. Strong west wind up to 30-40mph and low humidity will create volatile fire conditions. Please be careful. Sunday will be hot, dry and windy too. A cold front moving into the state later in the day will create another wind shift across the state. Extreme fire conditions are likely again. This front will produce major changes for Monday with rain and mountain snow across the state. Highs will only be in the 40s and 50s, 30s in the mountains. Snow levels could drop to near the valley floors and plains late on Monday evening. The mountains could see several inches of snow. This storm will certainly help after all of the high fire danger.

Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist