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Fire Weather Threat Reaches Critical Levels

August 13th, 2020
The NWS has issued Fire Weather Warnings for basically all of Wyoming for the second straight day.
The NWS has issued Fire Weather Warnings for basically all of Wyoming for the second straight day.(KGWN)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 12:03 PM CDT
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Thursday will likely be the hottest day of the week as well as the breeziest. All the while rain chances have basically vanished as we finish off the second week of August. These factors have escalated the fire risk for much of the state, especially for the southern half of Wyoming. Strong breezes are expected for the central and southwestern portions of the state once again, with sustained speeds of 20+ mph expected for the afternoon hours with gusts in excess of 35 mph. These conditions have prompted the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) to issue a critical risk (Level 2/3) for the southern half of Wyoming. Additionally the National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for the entire state until 8PM MDT Thursday night.

Hot conditions along with the strongest breezes of the week have prompted the SPC to issue a critical risk for wildfires in South Wyoming.
Hot conditions along with the strongest breezes of the week have prompted the SPC to issue a critical risk for wildfires in South Wyoming.(KGWN)

In terms of drought conditions, luckily things haven’t worsened too much across Wyoming. However, Cheyenne is now under a Moderate (Level 2) drought after another dry week. Casper remains under a Severe (Level 4) drought. Rain chances remain few and far between over the next week, so the drought conditions will likely continue to worsen during that time frame.

The widespread drought conditions have finally made their way into the Capital City.
The widespread drought conditions have finally made their way into the Capital City.(KGWN)

As we finish off the week, the breezy conditions will taper off into the weekend greatly reducing the fire weather threat. Conditions will remain hot, however the weather this weekend is perfect for anybody with outdoor plans, especially if they involve water activities (swimming, fishing, etc.). UV Indices will remain hot, however, so multiple applications of sunscreen will likely be necessary. Any outdoor activities involving burning should be avoided unless the fire can be contained (campfire ring, grill, etc.) and fully extinguished when finished.

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