Elevated fire danger Monday in central and SE Wyo including Natrona County - Casper, WY Oil City News
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Elevated fire danger Monday in central and SE Wyo including Natrona County

Independence Rock in Natrona County (Shutterstock)

CASPER, Wyo — Persistent drought (nearly 7” below normal annual precipitation) and strong winds in central and southeast Wyoming will bring elevated fire danger Monday afternoon.

Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with a few gusts to 50 mph are forecast through Fremont and Natrona counties Monday. Localized higher gusts around 60 mph are possible along Outer Drive on the south side of Casper.

“Minimum relative humidity on Monday will generally range between 15 and 25% east of the Divide while higher humidity will occur over the west,” NWS

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NWS Riverton

Ditch burning is strongly discouraged, NWS said.

Extremely dry conditions are also expected in the Sierra Madres and Medicine Bow National Forest Monday. Downsloping winds off the Laramie Range will spread very dry air out into the Nebraska Panhandle late morning through the afternoon, leading to red flag warnings there.

NWS Cheyenne