The prediction for extremely high temperatures this week will contribute to the wildfire intensity and make it more difficult for firefighters to battle blazes. If you reside in the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada the temperatures are predicted to soar to 120 degrees! The states where these extreme temperatures are predicted to occur already have wildfires burning. According to a report, the number of people under an extreme heat warning is a mind-boggling 66 million. According to meteorological reports, a high-pressure cell from the Midwest is contributing to these extreme conditions.
The temperatures which are predicted to be at least 20 degrees over normal will make it difficult for firefighters battling blazes in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Two fires in New Mexico where thousands of acres have burned, and have caused evacuations. In Show Low, Arizona, a large blaze fueled by high winds is threatening numerous communities. The Sherpa fire in California is threatening homes and has burned over 7,000 acres in an area where there is older vegetative fuels. The Santa Barbara County website has information for residents regarding the status of the wildfire on their website, including evacuation information.
Simple steps taken to protect homes and communities before a wildfire can make a difference in the outcome. Visit the Firewise website to learn what you can do that can make a difference!
Map from the National Weather Service Twitter Account