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Lightning sparks several wildfires in Northwest Montana

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Lightning has sparked several wildfires across Northwest Montana.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation reports several fires in the McGregor Lake, Lost Prairie, and Ashley Lake areas.

The DNRC estimates that there have been 20 new fires and add there is more lightning forecasted along with a Red Flag Warning that's in effect through  2.p.m on Sunday.

Red Flag Warnings are issued when forecasted weather is predicted to increase fire activity. Expect low daytime and overnight humidity, vertical instability, and an increase in winds as a cold front passes through the area Sunday.

Kalispell DNRC spokeswoman Ali Ulwelling says local agencies are prioritizing fires and sharing available resources including helicopters, super scoopers, engines, heavy equipment, and handcrews.

Smokejumpers from Missoula have responded to two fires just north of McGregor Lake, and Type I and II helicopters are dropping water on fires on the Plains and Libby Units.

Ulwelling says no structures are threatened at this time.

Northwest Montana is under Extreme fire danger and Stage II Fire Restrictions remain in effect, meaning that campfires are not allowed almost anywhere in the entire state of Montana.

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