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Smoke, Fire Risks and Air Quality Alerts Return

Published: Sep. 5, 2021 at 9:00 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Unfortunately, with nice and warm weather returning, we are also seeing the perfect conditions for the smoke, fire risks and air quality alerts to return.

Today was a warmer day than yesterday as we’re seeing a large portion of the state dominated by 80s and upper 70s. Sheridan even hit 91 today. We will see this warming trend moving forward into tomorrow as well.

Smoke is also swooping back into the state. By tomorrow, it will increase a bit more than what we’re seeing today and then into Tuesday morning it will be thick and heavy all across central Wyoming. Gillette, though, will see some clearer air during those morning hours on Tuesday while the rest of the state is cloaked in smoke.

We will be seeing that heavier smoke getting increasingly worse over the next few days.
We will be seeing that heavier smoke getting increasingly worse over the next few days.(Rachel Saurer)

While we’re on the topic of smoke, those air quality alerts will start popping up again as well. We’re seeing most of the state under air quality alerts for today. Other watches and warnings include a fire weather watch over the southern portion of the state and red flag warnings over the northeastern corner and part of central Wyoming as well.

With the seasonable temperatures and winds, we will be seeing some fire watches and red flag...
With the seasonable temperatures and winds, we will be seeing some fire watches and red flag warnings popping up.(Rachel Saurer)

Our fire outlook will be looking dismal for Labor Day, with an elevated risk over most of the state except a corner in the southwest and excluding the corner near Cheyenne as well. This will be something to keep in mind for that day if you plan on doing some outdoor grilling for the holiday.

We are seeing some clouds currently moving through our state in the northwestern corner, but no precipitation can be expected from these clouds. Scattered clouds will continue sweeping across the state into tomorrow as well, but conditions will continue to remain dry.

Wind speeds will continue to increase, adding to the already dry conditions. They will die a little by tonight but jump right back into the double digits by tomorrow evening where most of the state can expect to see sustained wind speeds of up to 23 miles per hour. Thankfully, those extreme winds will taper into tomorrow night and Tuesday morning, but not by too much as we see the eastern half still experiencing 10, 11 and 13 mph winds by early morning.

Tonight, Cheyenne will be cooling down to 55 degrees and Casper will cool to 51. The rest of the state will also see lows in the 50s and 40s, with some cities in the northwest seeing temperatures in the 30s.

Tomorrow is going to be a warm day for most of the cowboy state. The 90s are definitely making a comeback as well as the upper 80s. Only Dubois and Yellowstone will experience temperatures in the 70s.

For the rest of the week in Casper and Cheyenne we will be seeing very summery and above-average temperatures continue, with a peek into fall starting next week.

This is the 10-day forecast for Cheyenne.
This is the 10-day forecast for Cheyenne.(Rachel Saurer)

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