The environmental conditions have become conducive again for wildfires to from and grow in much of the Southwest once again. The Tinder Fire, one of the largest fires currently in the US, grew from 500 acres on Sunday to over 8000 acres now in Arizona.
— Michael Chow (@photochowder) April 29, 2018
There is a critical fire threat from portions of eastern Arizona through eastern Colorado and surrounding areas this Monday. There is also an elevated fire risk for portions of the Mid-Atlantic, including Washington, DC and Baltimore. A total of 19.5 million people are under Red Flag Warnings due to Monday’s fire threat.
The combination of strong winds, low humidity, and dry weather is making conditions quite conducive for the formation of wildfires. Currently, 8.5 percent of the country is in either an extreme or exceptional drought, the two most severe categories on the drought monitor. Portions of the Mid-Atlantic are also experiencing abnormally dry conditions.
The risk for wildfires will continue into Tuesday, primarily for eastern New Mexico and West Texas. These similar areas can expect the conducive wildfire conditions Wednesday and Thursday.