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Fire Danger Downgrades To High

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Cooler weather and rain showers are bringing down fire danger across Western Montana.

Fire danger is now at “high”, down from “very high” in previous weeks. Folks at the Montana DNRC said not to let the cooler weather deceive you, because with rain comes lightning storms. They said it could take several days or even weeks for a fire to start after lightning hits.

“Holdovers can definitely punk around in the needle bed, on the forest floor, inside tree stumps, and things like that. All it takes is three dry days to cure out again and a little bit of smoke can turn into a fire,” said Jordan Koppen with the Montana DNRC.

Numbers from the Northern Rockies Coordination Center show lightning sparked more than 400 fires this year, burning more than 10,000 acres.

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