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Utah weather: 'Red Flag' fire danger for western Utah

Published August 30, 2011 11:47 am

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Hot, dry and gusty weather Tuesday was expected to give way to isolated thunderstorms and showers throughout Utah by Wednesday.

However, the National Weather Service said that with little rain expected to fall in the state's parched deserts, Utah's entire western half was placed under a "Red Flag" fire danger warning Tuesday.

Forecasters said a region stretching west to east from Wendover to Tooele, and then south to Manti, Milford, Escalante, Zion National Park and St. George in southwestern Utah, was at high risk for wildfires with explosive growth potential.

Temperatures were a bit cooler, though, with highs forecast for the high-80s to low-90s in northern Utah both Tuesday and Wednesday. Southern Utahns looked for highs ranging in the low-90s to triple digits both days.

Salt Lake City was pegged for temperatures of 93 and 95 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively; Ogden 93 and 92; Provo 93 and 94; Logan looked for 90s both days; Wendover 92; Duchesne 87 and 88; Cedar City 91 and 90; St. George 104 and 103; and Moab 96 and 97 degrees.

"Green" or healthy ratings were issued statewide for Utah's air quality for Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the state Department of Environmental Quality.

remims@sltrib.com