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Heat, Drought, and Fire Concern for the West

12 May 2021, 9:56 am

While the West continues to experience drought conditions, small wildfires have popped up across some states.

Temperatures will be running well above average, especially in northern California where temperatures are pushing the triple digits. Let’s take a look at the forecast:

Northern California

As of now, there are no active fire alerts (red flag warnings, fire weather watches, etc) for northern California as north winds will continue to subside. But conditions will remain favorable to fires in the extended outlook.

Because the drought has been extreme in these areas and we unfortunately are well-below average for our seasonable precipitation we will have to keep a close eye on the wind forecast because otherwise, hot temperatures and dry fuels will remain. This means that once we add in the wind element, if wildfires ignite they may easily get out of control.

The heat is also a top story in these areas. Redding, CA typically sees high temperatures around 80 this time of year. Sacramento, CA is running 10-15° above average with highs in the 90s through the end of the week.

New Mexico/ Desert Southwest

Occasionally gusty winds, dry grounds, and temperatures gradually warming show us that these areas across the southern Four Corners will need to be monitored over the next few days in case of wildfires.

For the latest on these forecasts you can always tune into WeatherNation 50 minutes past the hour for your west regional forecast.

About the author
Alana Cameron was born and raised in Canada in the city of Mississauga, just outside of Toronto. Alana is the oldest of 4 siblings, all close in age, and grew up playing outside with them in all types of weather. After graduating high school, Alana moved to study at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna for a year before transferring to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where sh... Load Moree completed a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Atmospheric Science. Upon completion, Alana moved back to Toronto where she completed a post-grad degree in Meteorology at York University. After her post-grad, she went on to complete another post-grad in Broadcast Journalism - TV News at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. During her final year of studies she had the privilege of interning with the best in the business in Canada at The Weather Network. Once she finished her internship, she got the call from small-town Denison, Texas where she accepted a job as an on-air meteorologist at KTEN-TV, right in tornado alley, covering severe weather from Sherman/Denison (North Texas) to Ada (Southern Oklahoma). After the most active tornado season Oklahoma had seen in May 2019 (105 tornadoes!) Alana is excited to join WeatherNation to cover weather all across the nation. If you're interested in following her on social media she can be found @alanacameronwx!

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