A new fire has started every day in Utah since May 17. Hot, dry conditions mean more could spark soon
June 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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So far this year, there have been 326 total wildfires in Utah -- 42 of those fires were started in just the last week. And since May 17th, there has been at least one ignition every single day. Sadly, 90% of those fires were human-caused, leading to over 12,000 acres burned.
Critical fire weather conditions exist Thursday across more than half a dozen states, including Arizona, where two massive wildfires are growing.
We're already starting the day out with low humidity, and relative humidity is going to get into the single digits, which is not good," Sanders said.
And nearly 27,000 fires have started across the US this year, burning more than 833,000 acres.
One hundred percent of Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and California is under at least a level 1 drought conditions or worse, but only one of those states -- Oregon -- is expected to see rain over the next few days.
"For today -- even across the western areas, while the winds aren't terribly strong -- with the warmer temperatures and dry fuel, we do have red flag in effect," said Sharon Sullivan, meteorologist at the NWS in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"We will see temperatures on the upward trend, drier fuel and dry conditions overall with the single digit relative humidities. "