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Unprecedented fire danger fueled by one of the driest years on record

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GREAT FALLS - Parts of Montana are experiencing unprecedented fire danger.

Fuel moisture levels are at record lows, and the Energy Release Component index is at an all-time high across central Montana.

This new level of fire danger is being fueled by one of the driest year's on record.

Havre and Glasgow are experiencing their driest year-to-date.

Lewistown is experiencing its fourth driest, while Miles City is in its second driest.

On Thursday, the newly-released U.S. Drought Monitor showed 100% of Montana is now dealing with abnormally dry conditions.

90% of the Treasure State is now in some form of drought.

Conditions are not expected to improve at all in the coming weeks.

Experts say the fire season will linger through September, possibly into October, driven by a forecast for warmer and drier-than-average weather conditions in the coming months.

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