The Brian Head fire gets everyone's attention, but both lightning- and human-sparked fires have been quick to flare up across the state. Despite a good snow season, fire danger is rated as moderate to high across northern Utah and very high to extreme across southern Utah.
|Source: USFS Wild Fire Assessment System|
The past 60 days have also been unusually warm. For example, the period from 29 April through 29 June is the 2nd warmest on record at the Salt Lake City International Airport (ignore the first year in the graph below as it contains several missing days).
|Source: NOAA Regional Climate Centers|
This has led to tinderbox conditions across most of Utah, with energy release component indexes, a measure of how hot a fire could burn, remarkably high across southern Utah and well above median across most of the rest of the state.
Now, lets turn to the forecast. After a refreshing night last night, we're moving into nuclear summer for the weekend. Forecast highs for the Salt Lake International Airport are in the mid to high 90s.