SE Wyoming faces an explosion of 65+ winds plus a red flag fire warning
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The National Weather Service’s Cheyenne office is warning residents of southeast Wyoming to be aware of two dangers for today.
These include wind speeds likely to be over 65 mph, as well as a red flag fire warning in some areas.
This emerges from a post on the agency’s Facebook page:
“Good morning! Enough of the winds? We sure are! Strong wind warnings continue through 5:00 pm today. West wind gusts in excess of 65 miles per hour are ongoing and are expected to continue through the afternoon. Down winds from the Laramie Range will create dangerous fire weather conditions in the eastern Laramie County and southern Nebraska Panhandle today. 15 percent or less afternoon humidity is expected to be combined with gusts of wind in the 40 mph range. Red flag warnings will apply to the southern Panhandle and Laramie Counties as of today 11:00 am to 6:00 pm This includes the Buffalo Creek Wildfire south of Scottsbluff. We are given a brief respite in the late afternoon and early evening before another wind event develops. High Wind Watches will cover much of this tonight and Tuesday Southeast of Wyoming, where we can see gusts of wind in excess of 70 miles per hour could. These persistent high winds affect vegetation and fuel moisture. Please avoid burning outdoors when fires are starting to spread rapidly, as we saw with the Buffalo Creek Wildfire. “