Red Flag fire warning in effect for central Wyoming today

Children lounge in the sun at the splash pad at David Street Station on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2018, in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

The National Weather Service in Riverton has put a good portion of Wyoming under a red flag warning through 9 p.m. today.

The NWS predicts temperatures in Casper to reach 96 degrees by this afternoon, with winds possibly gusting up to 21 mph.

The combination of hot, dry and breezy weather through much of Wyoming today makes for “critical” conditions according to the NWS, which could create “erratic fire behavior and new fire starts.”

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Winds are expected to be calm tomorrow with a high of 92 degrees, with evenings throughout the week cooling to the mid-50s.