Wildfires Scorch Tens of Thousands of Acres
Dozens of wildfires are breaking out across the western United States. Recent high heat combined with dry and breezy conditions is to blame for heightened fire risk.
— AZ State Forestry (@azstateforestry) March 30, 2017
According to the National Interagency Fire Center, nearly 30 active wildfires burning across the U.S. have charred nearly a quarter million acres with most of the fires concentrated in the west. Since the start of the new year, roughly 3 million acres have burnt in the U.S. from wildfires– almost the size of Connecticut.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) June 30, 2017
The Brian Head Fire is among one of the largest fires in the nation. As of Friday evening, the fire torched nearly 60,000 acres of land since June 17. According to Inciweb, the fire is 20% contained.
The resulting smoke from the Brian Head Fire among many others in the west can detected as far east as Missouri.
Hot, sunny weather in the forecast will make firefighting efforts more difficult and there will be little help from Mother Nature through Independence Day.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Nick Merianos