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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Missoula County from 6 a.m. Tuesday through the evening.

Meteorologists say periods of heavy rain may produce flooding and debris flows within the Lolo Creek Complex burn area.

Firefighters and the public living and working within or near the burn area should seek higher ground, away from narrow canyons, recently burned slopes and low-lying areas soon after rainfall begins, the watch says.

A flash flood watch means that "conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding," the Weather Service says. "Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued."

Watch Missoulian.com for updates on any storms or flooding throughout the day.

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Editor Sherry Devlin can be reached at 523-5250 or at sdevlin@missoulian.com.

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