Along with the worsening drought, fire danger concerns will continue to grow into this week.
The situation is critical in eastern Nevada and western Utah through Wednesday as winds ramp up and relative humidity values remain in the single digits. Elevated fire conditions expand through Nevada and Utah into midweek, where temperatures will also be close to breaking records.
NWS Salt Lake City is forecasting Tuesday's temperatures to tie the all-time June record at 105 degrees, nearing the highest temperature ever recorded of 107, measured on July 26, 1960, and July 13, 2002.
A red-flag warning is in place through Tuesday evening for central Nevada and eastern Utah due to breezy winds, extremely low relative humidity values, and dry fuel.
Fires that ignite in the sweltering conditions have enough fuel to expand quickly due to the dry brush. The lack of moisture has allowed for little new growth, and the existing vegetation has been dried out considerably by the ongoing drought.
Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico are already seeing large fires with smoke reaching as far north
as Colorado and Wyoming. The Telegraph Fire in Arizona, burning over 88,000 acres, is now 74% contained. To its east, the Mescal fire is 88% contained after burning over 72,000 acres.
This yet another absolutely terrifying article. We knew- being native Californians- we are in the depths of a historic drought that is percipitated by climate change- but did not know to what extent we are suffering. We absolutely are stunned at the drough conditions and lack of water at our reservoirs. The thing that is even more frightening is the fact that without water- the threat of wildfires- arguably one of the most terrifying climate disasters-will skyrocket. We also know that with the drought- crop yields and things like almond farmers (for almond milk etc) will be deeply effected. This is not good and we need to do something about this ASAP!