Don’t burn today; Conditions ripe for elevated fire risk

Hot temperatures, low humidity and strong gusty winds today have heightened fire danger according to the National Weather Service in Riverton. Image from Flickr

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The National Weather Service Forecast Office at Riverton Regional Airport has issued a special weather statement advising that elevated fire behavior is possible this afternoon due to a combination of low humidity and gusty winds.

According to the NWS humidity is predicted to drop under 20 percent in combination with a gusty southwest wind. This condition creates the possibility of elevated fire behavior this afternoon. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged this afternoon. 

• WHAT -Relative humidity under 20 percent and southwest wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. 

• WHERE – Much of central and southern Wyoming. 

• WHEN – Thursday afternoon and evening. 

• ADDITIONAL DETAILS – Fires may spread easily this afternoon.   Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged this afternoon in the effected area.