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Date: 10/5/2020

Title: Much Needed Change Coming for the West

As wildfires continue to rage in the Rockies and West Coast, exhausted fire fighters and worried land owners have been hoping for a big change in the weather that can help turn the tide to reduce the fire and smoke across the western states.

There is good news and bad news regarding the western fires. First, the bad news. Warm, dry and breezy conditions will persist from California to the Rockies through Saturday as high pressure remains strong. Therefore, expect more smoke and more acres to burn through Saturday throughout the west.

Now the good news, a strong Pacific storm system and front will move into Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California by Friday night and Saturday. Cooler temperatures and rain will move into parts of those states bringing some relief.

By Sunday and Monday, the storm will slide into Utah, Colorado and Wyoming bringing much colder temperatures along with rain and mountain snow. The first half of next week should bring a reduction in smoke and fire activity over a large portion of the Far West and Rockies. The graphic below shows the precipitation potential over the next ten days.