Tuesday morning fire weather update

Aug 5, 2014 12:44 PM by Cort Klopping

Fire conditions are improving today, as a trough of low pressure brings wet weather back to the north state.

Many areas of the region have already received around a 10th of an inch of rain, but there are some other areas that have exceeded that. Spotter reports called in more than a quarter of an inch of rain in the upper pines since last night, and some areas of the valley are closing in on a fifth of an inch by 9am this morning.

There has been just over a 10th of an inch of rain reported in the area of the Eiler Fire in eastern Shasta County. Showers will likely become more scattered in nature later this afternoon, and there will be a slight threat of thunderstorms returning to the region later today. A better chance for scattered showers, along with thunderstorms will be ahead for tomorrow.

Temperatures will also be much cooler today, with valley locations only climbing into the mid 70's to low 80's, and most mountain areas in the mid to high 70's. The cooler air, and enhanced moisture in the atmosphere will be extremely helpful to firefighters. Winds will also be relatively light, which will limit the rate of spread of the several fires across the north state.

The return of hot, and dry weather will return later this week, and that will lead to an elevated risk of fire danger returning to the north state.


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