Gusty Winds Prompt Fire Alerts in the West

Fire alerts have been posted for parts of the western U.S. this weekend. Extremely gusty winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will lead to the chance for fires to spread quickly if sparked.

In southwest Texas, winds from the northwest will gust as high as 50-60 mph at times through the rest of the day. Any fires that start will quickly spread, so delay outdoor burning if possible until higher humidity levels return.

Winds will be the highest in the afternoon and evening.

Winds will be gusty in the northwest US as well. This is ahead of the next Pacific system moving onshore Sunday. Wind alerts are in place through Monday with gusts of 50-60 mph and sustained winds of 35-45 mph. The wind will be out of the southwest, which will also help keep temperatures very mild over the next few days.

High profile vehicles may have difficulty driving and occasional power outages are possible in areas where trees are knocked down.

Warm temperatures, gusty winds and low relative humidity will also lead to fire weather concerns Sunday especially for Montana where Red Flag Warnings are in place.

A Critical Fire Weather Risk is in place for the eastern half of Montana to Dickinson, North Dakota for increased fire weather potential.

Winds will be gustiest from midday through the evening hours Sunday.

The grass and fuels in Montana are very dry right now and it will not be difficult for a fire to start. With such low relative humidity and  gusty winds in place, fires can spread very easily if started.

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Gusty Winds Prompt Fire Alerts in the West