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Fire Weather Warning

Statement as of 2:44 PM MDT on August 16, 2017

Expires 11:00 PM EDT on August 17, 2017


... Red flag warning in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT Thursday...

The National Weather Service in Billings has issued a red flag
warning... which is in effect from noon to 9 PM MDT Thursday. The
Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

* Impacts: low humidities, strong gusty winds, and a wind shift
with a cold front will create erratic fire behavior and new
fire starts.

* Affected area:
   in south central Mt fire zones... 127... 128... 129.
   In southeast Mt fire zones... 130... 131... 132.
   In southeast Mt and northwest SD fire zone... .133.

* Counties affected:
   in central Mt... Golden Valley... Musselshell.
   In northwest SD... Harding.
   In south central Mt... Big Horn... Carbon... Yellowstone.
   In southeast Mt... Carter... Custer... Fallon... Powder River
                     Rosebud... Treasure.

* Cold front: winds will shift out of the northwest behind a cold
frontal passage Thursday morning/afternoon. A few isolated
thunderstorms are possible with the cold front.

* Wind: northwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

* Humidity: 15 to 20 percent.

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.





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