Sunday, May 13, 2012
Warm windy weekend sparks wildfires over southeast MB..
The windy warm and very dry weather this weekend has helped to fuel at least two wildfires over southeast MB, including a fire near Woodridge (NW of Sprague) that has grown to over 1300 hectares. The weather has been ideal over southern MB this weekend with sunny skies and warm temperatures in the mid 20s. However, the beautiful weather has also been accompanied by brisk westerly winds gusting to 50 and 60 km/h at times, along with very low humidity levels of 15-20% in the afternoon. Those are prime conditions to promote fire growth, particularly in areas that are quite dry, such as the Red River valley and SE Manitoba. More of the same weather is expected Monday although winds won't be as strong, with gusts to 40 or 45 km/h by the afternoon. RH values will still be low in the 20-25% range. A cold front is expected to cross southern MB Monday night bringing slightly cooler and less windy conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday, although little precipitation is expected with dry conditions persisting much of the upcoming week.
Posted by rob at 5:26 PM