Fire Threats are Still Lingering
October 6th 2020
Monday saw more growth to the Mullen Fire, this time with it expanding on the northwestern edge. This was thanks to the southern half of the state seeing breezy conditions yesterday amidst the continued dry conditions that Wyoming has been seeing throughout the summer months. For our Tuesday, temperatures are on the rise around the state, however there isn’t as much wind today. Cheyenne is seeing more smoke blowing into the city with a west wind, but late this afternoon that should shift to a more southerly flow which may help to clear some of the smoke. For Wyoming the fire risk is a bit lower today than yesterday, but Red Flag warnings were still issued for the southeastern portion of the state until 8:00 PM tonight with a Fire Weather Watch in effect for Natrona county, SE Fremont county, and far NE Sweetwater county until 8:00 PM tonight as well.
The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Level 1 “Elevated” Risk for wildfires for the southern half of the state and a few locations in far Northeast Wyoming for Tuesday. This is because of breezy conditions mainly reserved for those locations along with the temperature increase. As of now the SPC has not issued any level of risk for Wednesday, which is expected to be nearly identical to Tuesday but with even less wind. Through the rest of the week some locations will see on and off breezy conditions which will lead to varying fire risks. Temperatures look to hover around the upper 70s and lower 80s through the rest of the work week with sky conditions remaining mostly sunny. More clouds will fill in towards the back of the week however.
Over the weekend drastic changes look to come, with a cold front moving through on Sunday that will drop our temperatures in to the 50s by Monday. Additionally this cold front looks to bring widespread rain (and snow in higher elevations) to Wyoming on Sunday amidst some very strong winds. Those strong winds will be similar to what we see during the winter time and some locations will see them hang around Monday as well, which could be a big issue with the Mullen Fire. These winds WILL prompt fire growth, however with the rain chances on Sunday that should be limited severely. Monday does not have those rain chances, and even with the cooler conditions wind speeds of over 30 mph sustained and gusts over 50 mph will fan the fire further, blowing embers great distances.
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