the red flag warning will take effect in Natrona on Thursday; 96 degree heat, winds could create erratic fire behavior
CASPER, Wyo. – A red flag warning will go into effect in Natrona County from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service of Riverton.
The Casper region is expected to peak near 96 degrees. Strong winds gusting up to 30 mph could “create erratic fire behavior with any fire starting,” according to the Riverton NWS.
Humidity values should be as low as 13%. The red flag warning is for fire weather zones 200 and 300, according to the Riverton NWS.
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“PRECAUTIONARY / PREPAREDNESS MEASURES… A red flag warning means critical weather conditions for fires are occurring… or soon will be. A combination of strong winds… low relative humidity… and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.
Thursday could see isolated showers and thunderstorms in central and southern Wyoming “the main danger being strong winds”. The Riverton NWS says thunderstorms in the upstate could be accompanied by hail and strong winds.
Critical weather conditions for the fires are expected across much of central and western Wyoming on Thursday. Critical conditions are expected mainly over the west and southwest on Friday.
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