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The National Weather Service in Billings has selected drought and the resulting wildfire activity as the top weather event for 2017. It probably comes as no surprise to residents east of the Continental Divide.

NWS Meteorologist Tom Frieders said parts of Montana are still experiencing drought. He said at this time last year most of the state was in pretty good shape.

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Because hot, dry, and windy weather makes conditions ripe for new wildfire starts or extreme and erratic fire behavior,  the National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for areas of Montana until 9 p.m. Friday.

Numerous local, state, and federal government agencies also have restrictions on open flames because of the tinder dry conditions.

Fire activity is increasing across the state as the National Weather Service issued a red flag warning today for high temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity for a large portion of central and northeastern Montana. The warning is in effect until 9 p.m tonight.

Fire season is off to a slow start this year, but state officials say drought conditions in eastern Montana and rising temperatures across the state could change that.

Be prepared for strong gusts, tree damage, and possible hazardous driving conditions in western Montana Wednesday.