As Alabama braces for more extreme temperatures, folks out west are continuing to battle wildfires. In Colorado, wildfires have been ongoing for days. They continue to be tough to contain due to extremely dry conditions. The wildfires have reportedly destroyed more than 87,000 acres, forcing more than 32,000 residents to evacuate. Although it’s been dry, scattered thunderstorms and showers have developed across Colorado this afternoon. The Haines Index that is used to measure the conditions for wildfire growth has been at the max level for several days.
The top image is a high resolution satellite image produced by NOAA. If you look closely you can see some of the smoke plumes in eastern Colorado. Most of the features you see in the image are cumulus clouds. There also appears to be a large fire in southwest Wyoming. One of our staff members shared the bottom image. This shows the heavy smoke and low visibility at ground level.
Meteorologist Kevin Jacobs
Fox 6 Weather