Weather Wise: Red Flag Warning
A red flag warning was issued Monday afternoon for fire danger due to the hot dry weather over the weekend.
Although this has been a fairly mild fire season in comparison to last year, the home stretch tends to be the hottest, driest and most dangerous part of the summer. Helena Fire Department's Lou Antonick says the red flag warning issued this afternoon is due to the low humidity, hot temperatures and winds.
"The combination of all those factors sets it up to be a pretty significant fire event to happen".
He says a fire can start more easily in these conditions and is harder to control.
"Because everything is in the environment's favor and not in ours.”
He says the current weather makes fires more dangerous because it affects the way they burn.
"With low humidity and winds and high heat it has a huge effect on how fire behaves.”
With potential to take a small fire in an open area, normally easier to extinguish, and making it much more dangerous.
"That creates the perfect environment for a fire to be able to start to chew through quite a few acres in a short amount of time."
Antonick says the warning will stay in affect as long as the conditions stay dangerous. He says if danger worsens, restrictions banning campfires and smoking cigarettes in certain areas can be placed. He says areas in the state as close as Powell County are facing these bans. Now you're a little more Weather Wise.
Story by Kelley Smith, Beartooth NBC.
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