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Warmer Conditions Lead to More Fire Risks

September 29th, 2020
The SPC has issued a level 1 wildfire risk for eastern Wyoming due to continued breezy conditions and the return of warmer temperatures.
The SPC has issued a level 1 wildfire risk for eastern Wyoming due to continued breezy conditions and the return of warmer temperatures.(KGWN)
Published: Sep. 29, 2020 at 11:57 AM CDT
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The final week of September started off with a day that felt like fall: temperatures topping off in the upper 50s and breezy conditions with a crispness to the air. One day later the above average temperatures are back. Today temperatures across Wyoming are up over 10 degrees across the state. Outside of that conditions are almost identical to yesterday. The change in temperature however has resulted in a much more widespread wildfire risk for today.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Level 1 “Elevated” risk for wildfires for most of Eastern Wyoming thanks to the continuation of breezy conditions for the region today as well as temperatures that will have climbed by more than 15 degrees since yesterday. Also on that note, hazier conditions have returned to Cheyenne and especially Laramie thanks to winds pulling in some smoke from the Mullen Fire. Air quality alerts also remain in effect for southern Albany county, southeast Carbon county, and far western Laramie county until noon today. The National Weather Service will likely renew that however, especially with Cheyenne and Laramie smelling like wood-fire outside.

Throughout the rest of the week, sunshine is expected to hang around until midday Thursday when clouds begin to roll in. Rain chances climb slightly for the Cowboy State Friday and Saturday, however not a lot is expected at this time and the chances do not look to be overly widespread. It is doubtful that the rain brings any relief to continually worsening drought conditions. Temperatures will cool off again for Wednesday and Thursday before a slight rebound on Friday. Consistent mid-70s look to hang around as the first full week of October starts next week.

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