Low humidity, higher temperatures and gusty winds are prompting a Red Flag Warning for the Helena and Townsend area through Monday.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREAT FALLS HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM MDT MONDAY. THE
FIRE WEATHER WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

DETAILS: A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND COLD FRONT WITHOUT
PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTHWEST CANADA ON MONDAY,
BRINGING GUSTY WINDS AND VERY DRY CONDITIONS TO PARTS OF THE
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT AND ADJACENT PLAINS.

WIND...WESTERLY WINDS OF 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 30 TO 45 MPH
ARE EXPECTED. SOME HIGHER GUSTS ARE EXPECTED RIGHT ALONG THE
ROCKY MOUNTAIN FRONT...EFFECTING FIRE WEATHER ZONE 114.

HUMIDITY...AFTERNOON RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL BE IN THE 10 TO 19
PERCENT RANGE.

DISCUSSION: THE DRY, WINDY CONDITIONS WILL EXTEND INTO CENTRAL
MONTANA AS WELL, BUT RECENT RAINFALL HAS FUELS BELOW CRITICAL
STATUS THERE.

COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE THE WARNING AREA SHOULD REMAIN AWARE OF THE INCREASED POTENTIAL FOR FIRE STARTS AND GROWTH WITH THESE NEAR-CRITICAL CONDITIONS.

IMPACTS...ANY FIRES THAT DEVELOP WILL LIKELY SPREAD RAPIDLY.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS NOT RECOMMENDED.