Numerous wildfires have scorched tens of thousands of acres across the west this past week. Hot, dry weather will exacerbate the fire potential through this weekend.
Many southwest cities shattered heat records this month with little to no rain.
Warm, dry, and breezy conditions will persist through Independence Day. This will not only elevate the fire danger but it will make fighting the fires more difficult.
A state of emergency has been declared for parts of Arizona due to a 21,000-acre wildfire. The breezy daytime conditions is proving difficult for the hundreds of firefighters battling the blaze.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Goodwin Fire was roughly 1 percent contained and over ten communities faced evacuations.
Smoke from the Brian Head Fire in southern Utah can be seen as far east as Kansas. As of Thursday, it has scorched over 50,000 acres with seven communities facing evacuations.
Firefighters are battling fires up and down the West Coast and there is little relief from Mother Nature in the forecast.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos