KALISPELL, Mont. - Kalispell's DNRC unit has issued a Red Flag warning in effect through the end of the weekend. The warning comes during period of turbulent weather in western Montana, including lightning strikes that have already started new fires.
A press release from the DNRC follows below:
"Multiple New Lightning Fires and Red Flag Warning in Effect Saturday Through Sunday
We have so many incredible things happening in our country so when I watch Charlottesville, to me it's very very sad."Lightning from the past couple of nights has resulted in numerous fires on the Kalispell, Plains, and Libby Units of the DNRC surrounding the McGregor Lake / Lost Prairie / Ashley Lake area. It is estimated that there have been 20 new fires within the past 24 hours, and there is more lightning forecasted along with a Red Flag Warning from 2pm Saturday through 2pm Sunday.
Red Flag Warnings are issued when forecasted weather is predicted to increase fire activity. Expect low daytime and overnight humidity, vertical instability, and an increase in winds as a cold front passes through the area Sunday.
Local agencies are prioritizing fires and sharing available resources including helicopters, super scoopers, engines, heavy equipment, and handcrews. Crews are working hard to catch fires while they are small. Smokejumpers from Missoula have responded to two fires just north of McGregor Lake, and Type I and II helicopters are dropping water on fires on the Plains and Libby Units. No structures are threatened at this time.
Updates will be shared as available."