Fire Risk High Across Wyoming

August 12th, 2020
Practically all of Wyoming is under one of the Red Flag Warnings issued by the NWS for Wednesday.
Practically all of Wyoming is under one of the Red Flag Warnings issued by the NWS for Wednesday.(KGWN)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 11:52 AM CDT
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As the dry spell full moves in for the Cowboy State and temperatures soar, widespread breezy conditions have also moved into Wyoming further enhancing a widespread fire threat. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag warnings for all of Wyoming with the exception of Crook County and Park and Teton Counties in the far northwestern corner of the state. The state hasn’t seen much rain at all in the past week as a new heat wave has taken over the state since late last week, much less the past couple of months as drought conditions have rapidly worsened. The next drought monitor comes out tomorrow, and it likely will not be pretty.

When it comes to the fire threat, the primary driving force is going to be the potential for low precipitation dry thunderstorms. Lightning from these will be the most likely culprit to start a wildfire. Strong breezes are expected for Central and Southwestern Wyoming through tomorrow, and then for the far eastern part of the state on Friday. These breezes will easily spread any fire that is started by lightning, and low precipitation thunderstorms will not offer enough rain to put any of them out that do start.

There is a chance for some rain in the eastern part of Wyoming today, however, thanks to a dry line that is moving eastward. Severe weather is not anticipated, however once that dry line moves out of Wyoming rain will be very hard to come by for anywhere in the state. A cold front is forecast to move through the southeastern portion of the state on Sunday, however as of now little to no rain is forecast to come with it, meaning it will just bring heat relief. Therefore the fire weather threat will likely persist into the weekend and potentially next week.

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