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Air quality concerns, critical fire weather

Air quality concerns, critical fire weather

FIRE WEATHER WATCH Friday for the Bitterroot and Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forests. Lightning and gusty winds will increase fire danger with little rain reaching the ground.

AIR QUALITY ALERT has been issued be Flathead, Lincoln, and Sanders counties. Individuals who are sensitive to increased particulate or smoke levels are encouraged to limit prolonged or strenuous outdoor activity. An increase in symptoms of asthma and other respiratory ailments are likely. Air quality will fluctuate between unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy in northwest Montana. Elsewhere, air quality is is unhealthy for sensitive groups to moderate.

Outside of the smoke, look for mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s.

Some monsoon moisture will move into the region Thursday. Showers and thunderstorms will create critical fire weather for the end of the week. The best chance of actual rain will be across southwest Montana Friday afternoon and evening. There will continue to be a good chance around Butte and Bozeman Saturday.

Highs in the 80s this weekend around Missoula and Kalispell but cooling to the 70s with the clouds and thunderstorms around Butte and Bozeman.

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