WARNING: Wyoming Fire Danger High
That smoke you're seeing is not from Wyoming. What's burning is much farther west.
We have had it good this year. Plenty of rain and only a few fires in our state this season.
But we have hit a dry patch.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The National Weather Service in Cheyenne has announced that much of southeast Wyoming, including the cities of Cheyenne and Casper, will be under a Fire Weather Watch.
And that's not the only area.
While driving across the state, from Casper to Lander and beyond, I saw many signs showing the fire danger as HIGH!
Temperatures are high. Humidity is low.
According to Don Day of Day Weather, what we are feeling is head directly from the desert states below us. That's due to a high-pressure system parked over our region and as it turns it is pulling warm dry air up here.
But big changes are coming. That's good news.
Some rain first then cool air for this weekend.
Not enough rain to kill the fire danger but enough to hold it back just a little.
After that, the temperatures should become what we consider "seasonable" for September.
September is still considered a dry month. That means that the excess heat is gone, which is good, but the dry is still with us.
Just a word of warning about campfires, smoking, dripping ashes, chains, and other such things that can spark and start a little bit of dry grass.
It doesn't take much.