CASPER, Wyo. – An unusually dry spring has given way to a hot summer, which the National Weather Service in Riverton says has elevated fire dangers in Natrona County.
The NWS has put Casper and much of central Wyoming under a red flag fire warning starting Monday and extending through Wednesday evening.
“A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly,” said the NWS in a statement.
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“A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.”
A high of 96 degrees is expected on Tuesday, along with strong winds with gusts up to 35 mph, according to the NWS.
Monday’s high will reach 92 degrees.
The week will remain hot, with a high of 90 degrees on Wednesday, 89 degrees on Thursday, and 95 degrees on Friday. Breezy to gusty winds will persist throughout the week.