Wildfire Threat Goes Up Again
October 2nd, 2020
Fire threats have been off and on for Wyoming this week with fluctuating temperatures and wind speeds, and with warmer temperatures and breezy conditions expected for many Friday afternoon the wildfire risk is up once again. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Cheyenne has issued a Red Flag Warning for Laramie, Platte, Goshen, Albany, and Eastern Carbon counties until 8PM Friday Night. Additionally the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has issued a Level 1 “Elevated" risk for wildfire activity in Southeastern and Central Wyoming. Locations such as Casper and Douglas are under the Elevated Risk however they are not under the Red Flag Warning. Burning activities should still be avoided across the state however given the increasingly worse drought conditions and continued lack of rain.
Speaking of rain, pretty much any chance Wyoming had to see rain this weekend has evaporated. Sunny skies are expected for both Friday and Saturday with some cloud cover expected overnight Friday into Saturday morning. If there is to be any rain, it will be very light and short lived in small showers that would only impact the far eastern counties in Wyoming as well as the Nebraska Panhandle. The cold front will still drop temperatures to more of what we typically see in October for Saturday, but the cooling trend will be cutoff as the 70s return on Sunday and look to hang with most of Eastern Wyoming throughout next week.
The weekend should be a lot more pleasant than the last one, especially for folks in Cheyenne and Laramie who dealt with orange smoky skies last Saturday as the Mullen Fire exploded in size from 18,000 acres Thursday morning to 60,000 acres by Saturday night. This was thanks to unseasonably strong winds, especially in the Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Rawlins where the Mullen Fire continues to burn. Breezy conditions will be possible over the weekend and next week as well, however they won’t be nearly as strong as last Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will also remain pleasant going through the weekend, however they will remain well above average throughout next week.
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