Windy day statewide could be problematic for Wallow Fire crews

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PHOENIX – After a weekend of triple digits in the Phoenix-Metro area, plan on highs in the upper 90s all week.

Not only will we see plenty of sunshine in the Valley Monday, we’ll also see some breezy conditions.

Those breezy conditions are especially worrisome for the 2,500 crews on the fire line of the Wallow Fire burning near Alpine in Eastern Arizona. High winds combined with low humidity have been a problem since this was started on May 29. Embers have been blown as far as three miles ahead of the main fire, sparking smaller spot fire.

Winds in the Alpine area will be sustained at 15 to 20 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph. There is a Red Warning and a Wind Advisory in effect for that area, as well as the entire northern half of the state until 8 p.m.

The winds throughout the state will likely continue all day, tapering off overnight and then pickup up again Tuesday. A Fire Weather Watch has already been put in place for Tuesday.

The storm system that is responsible for the winds is a dry one for us. All of the moisture is staying well north of Arizona.

Plan on a high of 98 degrees in Phoenix on Monday with more of the same, varying by only a degree either way, all week and into the weekend.