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Red flag warning, critical fire weather

A dry cold front will kick up the winds on Thursday, increasing the fire danger across western Montana. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from noon today to Friday evening. Low humidity and gusty winds will create erratic fire behavior and new fire starts. The RED FLAG WARNING is posted for southwest Montana.  Wind will be out of the west at 10 to 20 mph with gusts of 30 to 40 mph. Afternoon humidity will be between 10 and 15 percent.

Fire danger is high to very high across the area. There is a slight chance of a shower or thunderstorm early Thursday morning across far northwest Montana, mainly in Lincoln County and in the afternoon southeast of Bozeman.  Little rain is expected but there will be a chance of dry lightning. Otherwise, partly to mostly sunny with daytime highs in the mid to upper 80s.

Friday's temperatures will be a few degrees cooler. A nice summer weekend is expected, although temperatures will be increasing by early next week.  Ample sunshine with highs in the 80s and low 90s.

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