Smoke: For today, weather models show moderately strong west winds this afternoon across the forecast domain. The higher winds should mitigate any overnight smoke accumulation in valleys and transport smoke in the prevailing wind direction, with impacts highest in the plume path. Weather models are also showing winds shifting from the east starting tomorrow in advance of an approaching trough, and air quality models show agreement that smoke transport will be to the west and southwest.
Fire: Weather models are predicting decreases in relative humidity, maximum temperatures, and stronger westerly winds this afternoon. These factors could contribute to fire potential this afternoon. The NWS has issued a Red Flag warning from 3PM to 8PM MDT today for the central and eastern areas of the forecast zone.