To no one's amazement, rising river levels have kicked into full gear. A simple glance at any area river will tell you that.

The National Weather Service/Missoula has asked up to pass along an area hydrologic outlook. The Clark Fork River above Missoula is forecast to reach flood stage Friday due to snow melt.

Higher-than-average temperatures so far this week have resulted in accelerated streamflow on the Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. The latest forecast shows the Clark Fork above Missoula reaching flood stage Friday afternoon. Waters will drop back below flood stage by Sunday morning with cooler temperatures arriving by the weekend.

Everyone's anxious to get out there. Please use lots of extra precaution and common sense when venturing near any river banks in western Montana.