Central and Southern Lewis and Clark Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Fire Weather Watch, Fire Weather Warning
Issued: 2:51 PM MDT Jul. 20, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Fire Weather Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through
Saturday evening...

* affected area:
   fire zone 108 (east lolo).

* Impacts: a dry cold front moving slowly across the northern
rockies late tonight will stall over the east Lolo before
eventually drifting south Saturday evening. This will result in
very gusty late afternoon winds on Saturday, and several hours
of low humidity readings.

* Winds: sustained 15 to 25 mph with gusts to near 40 mph.

* Minimum humidities: 8 to 18 percent.

200 PM MDT Fri Jul 20 2018

... Red flag warning in effect from noon Saturday to midnight MDT
Saturday night for low relative humidity for fire weather zones
113, 115 and 116...

The National Weather Service in Great Falls has issued a red flag
warning for low relative humidity, which is in effect from noon
Saturday to midnight MDT Saturday night.

* Affected area... in Montana, fire weather zones 113 hill and
Blaine counties, 115 Chouteau and Fergus counties and 116
Lincoln Ranger district of the Helena National Forest.

* Winds... northwest 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Timing... this afternoon through evening as well as Saturday
afternoon through Saturday evening.

* Relative humidity... as low as 14 percent.

* Temperatures... highs around upper 80s to lower 90s.

* Impacts... low humidity and gusty west winds could create critical
fire weather conditions for grassland locations.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are
either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of
strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures can
contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Please advise the appropriate officials or fire crews in these
areas of this red flag warning.