Wind & Wildfire Danger

Posted at 5:56 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 21:19:38-04

A RED FLAG WARNING has been issued for most of Montana east of the Continental Divide.
A HIGH WIND WARNING has been issued for the Rocky Mountain Front and parts of the Hi-Line.
A HIGH WIND WATCH has been issued for Hill, Blaine and parts of Valley Counties.

Air quality on Wednesday was "moderate" for most of the state as smoke from wildfires in California spread through Montana. The smoke won't be an issue for long however, as strong wind becomes the main issue. Thursday will be a very windy day for the entire state. While showers will fall along and west of the Continental Divide, most areas east will be dry with low humidity. These conditions will increase the fire danger, as a fire could spread very quickly if it were to start. The Rocky Mountain Front could have wind gusts up to 80mph. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s. Friday will be mostly cloudy and cool with a few showers in the higher terrain. The wind will once again be powerful and nearly constant. Wind continues to howl this weekend. Highs will be in the 60s and 70s with partly cloudy skies. A few showers are possible late Sunday into Monday. A pattern change will occur beginning Tuesday as high pressure moves in putting an end to the wind. Skies will be clear and temperatures will be comfortable in the 60s and 70s, making for some beautiful fall weather that will last into the beginning of October. Montana is shaping up to have a very nice fall.
Have a great day.
Curtis Grevenitz
Chief Meteorologist