Fire risk continues out west Wednesday
Focused on Great Basin & Rocky Mountains
While we stay hot & humid for Wednesday across our area, any fire dangers continue to stay out to the west across parts of the Rockies and the Great Basin. The upper-level low across parts of Montana and Idaho will bring a strong jet streak through portions of the Great Basin and the Rockies. Dry surface conditions and deep mixing allowing surface wind speeds to push 20 to 25 mph will allow for a wildfire risk during the afternoon and evening. A critical risk has been outlined for parts of eastern Nevada and western Utah where 20 to 25 mph wind gusts will interact with relative humidity values around 10% to lead to a relatively high fire risk. The surrounding elevated fire risk, stretching into the Desert Southwest and as far east as Wyoming, is due to slightly higher relative humidity values but strong surface winds that will still lead to a fire risk during the afternoon and evening.