Dangerous fire conditions bolster western Montana blazes

Griffen Smith

Another day of fast winds, hot temperatures and dry air fanned the flames of several regional wildfires.

In the last seven days, the National Weather Service issued four red flag warning days for the western part of Montana, alerting to most potent conditions for current fires to expand and potential sparks to become wildfires.

Across much of central Idaho, western and central Montana, sustained winds reached 15 mph to 25 mph while gusts reached 30 mph to 40 mph on Thursday. High temperatures reached the 80s and 90s — a small break from triple-digit temperatures that could return to the forecast next week.

Fire danger on the Bitterroot National Forest is extreme, the highest of five levels. Fire danger is very high, the second-highest level, on the Lolo National Forest. Fire danger is extreme on the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho.

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The Moose fire, located 17 miles north of Salmon, Idaho, is expected to expand quickly as the fire inches closer to communities and infrastructure to the south.

The blaze had scorched more than 64,000 acres of the Salmon-Challis National Forest as of Thursday morning. At

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