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Lightning sparks small wildfires near Lincoln

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Dry thunderstorms sparked several small wildfires near Lincoln on Friday evening.

The small wildfires were reported in the higher terrain near the small town.

Firefighters were dispatched to knock down the fires, but we're told they are having difficulty accessing the fires due to the complex terrain.

STORMTracker meteorologist Mike Rawlins says a storm moved over that area on Friday evening, producing nearly a dozen cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, but very little rain.

The Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department reports there are two fires in the area. There's a small fire on Black Mountain while another wildfire is burning at Stonewall -- which is quite visible from town as it burns through rugged terrain.

LVFD posted on their Facebook page Saturday morning that, "with resources stretched thin due to all the fires in the state, everyone will be doing what they can to get this knocked out as fast as they can. We will be in line like everyone else as far as planes and helos and teams."

Critical fire weather conditions

Very dry air and gusty winds will lead to critical fire weather conditions for firefighters on Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Warning for most of northeast Montana for Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning.

The warning means a dangerous combination of dry air and wind will make battling wildfires difficult.

Anyone working or playing outdoors during this time period should use extreme caution to prevent the start of new wildfires.

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