The fire threat continues midweek for portions of the country, including much of the Southwest and Great Lakes regions. The largest and most unconfined active wildfires is the Tinder Fire in Coconino County, Arizona. Over 9000 acres have been burned so far and is at 0% containment. Over 3000 people are under mandatory evacuations as well due to this wildfire.
The combination of dry air, gusty winds, and warm temperatures will allow for a fire threat on Tuesday, and really into Wednesday and Thursday as well for parts of the Southwest. The ongoing drought conditions have also allowed for a favorable environment for these fires to form and rapidly grow. For Tuesday, there is an “elevated” risk for wildfires for parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. The best chance for these fires where there is a “critical” wildfire risk in place is in the eastern Southwest US region. Over 2 million people are in this risk zone.