Red flag warnings for high wildfire danger are in effect through Wednesday evening for grasslands below 6,000 feet across much of north-central and southwest Montana, including the Helena and Townsend areas.
A cold front will move through the area Wednesday morning, bringing west winds of 25-35 mph, gusts of up to 50 mph and drier air. Finer fuels such as grasses and twigs have become fairly dry recently, so the drier and windy conditions will cause elevated fire danger for grassland areas, mainly below 6,000 feet in elevation, according to the National Weather Service in Great Falls.
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Areas in the warning include eastern Glacier, Toole, central and eastern Pondera, Liberty-Hill and Blaine counties. The Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest Rocky Mountain, Helena and Townsend ranger districts are included in the warning.