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Wildfire danger to remain elevated in Western U.S.

Staff Writer |
The risk of wildfire ignition and spread will remain high across the western United States despite an uptick in thunderstorms into next week.

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Thunderstorm coverage will increase across the Intermountain West as moisture and higher humidity spreads northward in response to the North American monsoon.

Thunderstorms in this type of pattern tend to blossom over the mountainous areas during the afternoon hours before drifting over valley locations toward the evening.

However, the wetter pattern will not translate to widespread wildfire relief and may only bring additional hazards to the region.

“Anytime lightning strikes parched and arid vegetation in the absence of meaningful rainfall, the possibility that a new wildfire will erupt is greatly enhanced,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott said.

Valley locations will likely miss out on meaningful rainfall as the precipitation may not survive the long trip to the ground.

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